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Pence: No Truce on Social Issues

Rep. Mike Pence (R., Indiana), who appears to be considering a 2012 presidential run, made it clear in a recent interview that he won’t be calling for a “truce” on social issues, like fellow Hoosier (and possible 2012 contender) Gov. Mitch Daniels has advocated.

“To those who say we should simply focus on fiscal issues, I say you would not be able to print enough money in 1,000 years to pay for the government you would need if the traditional family collapses,” Pence told U.S. News and World Report.

Criticizing President Obama for regarding the country as “a dog whose duty is not to ask why . . . but simply to obey,” Pence talked about the need for smaller government. “You get government under control; you get government out of the way; then America will come roaring back,” he said. “And America will be the story again.”

Pence said that he had “gotten encouragement” for a 2012 run for governor of Indiana, but “gotten more than a little bit of encouragement” for a presidential run.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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