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PoliticsIs Mike Pence unfair to women, gays? Those who work with him slap down Democrats' criticism

04:50  15 march  2019
04:50  15 march  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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When Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana was in college, he found himself admiring a gold cross hanging from the neck of his fraternity “big brother.”. The response he received left such a powerful impression that he would recall it decades later on the floor of Congress.

Pence signed bills intended to restrict abortions, including one that prohibited abortions if the reason for the procedure was the fetus's race, gender, or In his childhood and early adulthood, Pence was a Roman Catholic and a Democrat . He volunteered for the Bartholomew County Democratic Party in

Is Mike Pence unfair to women, gays? Those who work with him slap down Democrats' criticism© Zach Gibson, Getty Images Administrator Seema Verma, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price leave a meeting on Capitol Hill May 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. Vice President Pence met with House Republicans to lobby for health care legislation, as the House passed a spending bill to keep the government running.

WASHINGTON – As Vice President Mike Pence increasingly becomes a punching bag for Democrats running for president, some of his defenders are punching back.

Pence's press secretary and the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services took to Twitter Thursday after Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., criticized Pence for his self-imposed rules to avoid infidelity temptation. Those include not eating alone with a woman other than his wife.

Pete Buttigieg calls Mike Pence a 'cheerleader for the porn star presidency'

Pete Buttigieg calls Mike Pence a 'cheerleader for the porn star presidency' South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg lambasted Mike Pence -- a man he used to work directly with during Pence's time as governor of Indiana -- calling the vice president a "cheerleader for the porn star presidency" on Sunday at CNN's town hall. Buttigieg went on to question Pence's faith, asking rhetorically whether Pence stopped "believing in scripture when he started believing Donald Trump." "How would he allow himself to become the cheerleader for the porn star presidency? Is it that he stopped believing in scripture when he started believing Donald Trump?" Buttigieg said. "I don't know. I don't know.

Women Rule. POLITICO LIVE. “ Mike Pence is a nice person, he’s a good retail politician in terms of remembering people’s names, making sure they get a hand written note The sense of fealty to Pence stretches beyond those who have worshipped with him to those who have worked alongside him.

Pence also called being gay a choice and said keeping gays from marrying was not discrimination, but an The directive came as criticism crescendoed around a North Carolina law that would have Read More: Mike Pence , Donald Trump’s Running Mate, Disagrees With Him on These 3 Issues.

"Any suggestion that the @VP has not supported women is blatantly false and disrespectful," tweeted CMS Administrator Seema Verma, who worked with Pence when he was Indiana's governor. "He has been a strong supporter and mentor to me throughout my entire career and, I would not be where I am today without his guidance."

And on Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell went after South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's comment to Buzzfeed News that it's chilling to people in the LGBTQ community to see Pence in a position of power.

"For those of us in the LGBT community who deal in facts, we are chilled by recklessly repeated gossip," Grenell tweeted. "Mike Pence is a humble Christian who loves God, and all His creation. I know him. You obviously don’t."

Nancy Pelosi boots Mike Pence from his office on the House side of the Capitol

Nancy Pelosi boots Mike Pence from his office on the House side of the Capitol It's rare for a VP to have an office on the House side of the Capitol. As president of the Senate, Pence still has an office on the Senate side.

Mike Pence took the oath of office to become Donald Trump's vice president. Whether your reaction to the news was " Mike Who ?" or you just need a Pence has long said his approach to governing is informed not by party, but by his faith and his love of the Constitution. He's staunchly anti-abortion

Mike Pence , the man that President-Elect Donald Trump selected to serve as his vice president, is not without controversy himself. In the years following, it became clear that the policy was an unfair practice, a separate-but-unequal way of dealing with the issue.

Pence's record on gay rights has been a particular target for Democrats lately.

Asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday whether Pence is an "honorable man," Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said he is not.

"Anyone who engages in the kind of homophobia and attacks on people who are different from himself is not an honorable person," she said. "That's not what honorable people do."

Is Mike Pence unfair to women, gays? Those who work with him slap down Democrats' criticism© Justin Sullivan, Getty Images GTY 1051890812 A POL USA DC

As Indiana's governor, Pence signed into law a “religious freedom” bill that critics said was a license to discriminate against gay people.

Pence’s record also includes advocating for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, opposing measures to protect gay men and lesbians from discrimination in the workplace, and opposing expanding the definition of hate crimes to cover offenses based on a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Pence says Joe Biden 'caved' to liberals in pulling back from 'decent guy' comment

Pence says Joe Biden 'caved' to liberals in pulling back from 'decent guy' comment Vice President Mike Pence said Joe Biden “caved to liberal activists” when the former vice president backtracked from calling him a “decent guy."

As governor, Mr. Pence signed into law several regulations that add broad limits to women ’s access to abortions. He approved a bill in March that outlawed The Indiana governor called for big increases in military spending during a speech in 2015 and he has criticized Democrats who do not use the

Criticism of democracy is grounded in democracy 's purpose, process, and outcomes. Since Classical antiquity and through the modern era, democracy has been associated with "rule of the people

Recently, Pence has defended his wife against criticism for teaching at a Christian school that bans gay students and employees.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who reportedly had regular conversations with Pence in the first year of the Trump administration, quickly backtracked last month after getting criticized for calling Pence a "decent guy."

“There is nothing decent about being anti-LGBTQ rights, and that includes the Vice President,” Biden tweeted.

Pence told Fox News Thursday that Biden, who is deciding whether to run for president, caved to liberal pressure.

“They got an awfully big field on the other side," Pence said on "Fox & Friends." "The reality that you see on the Democrat side is it's largely being driven by the most extreme liberal elements in their party. And the way Joe Biden caved in to liberal activists after making a kind comment toward me is evidence of the pressure that all of their candidates are going to face."

Harris made her comments about Pence to NBC's Andrea Mitchell.

"I disagree when he suggests it's not possible to have meetings with women alone by himself," Harris said. "I think that's ridiculous. The idea that you would deny a professional woman the opportunity to have a meeting with the VP is outrageous."

‘An easy target’: Pence takes barbs from both sides as he proves his loyalty to Trump

‘An easy target’: Pence takes barbs from both sides as he proves his loyalty to Trump Several Democratic presidential candidates have focused criticism on Pence for his socially conservative views and his docile allegiance to the president. Some Republicans are also increasingly airing their grievances about the president to Pence, who was part of the administration’s unsuccessful effort this week to keep GOP senators from breaking with Trump on a vote to reject his national emergency declaration at the southern border. Yet in some ways, the public abasement of Pence is good for all sides — including for Pence himself.

But that didn't quell activists' criticism of the law, nor did it boost Pence 's tanking approval ratings. Sensing an opportunity in a state that 's been trending red lately, Democrats re-recruited businessman John Gregg, who has described himself as a "gun-totin,’ Bible-quotin,’ Southern Indiana Democrat ."

Mike Pence was chosen as Donald J. Trump’s running mate in July, he has faced complaints from groups critical of his record on gay and transgender rights, who said he Mr. Pence ’s spokesman, Marc Lotter, denied to The Times over the weekend that the vice president-elect supports the practice

During his 12 years in Congress, Pence had rules to avoid any temptations to stray in his marriage, or even trigger rumors of impropriety. Those included requiring any aide who worked late to assist him be male, never dining alone with a woman other than his wife, and not attending an event where alcohol was being served unless his wife was there.

In a 2002 interview with The Hill, Pence called it, "building a zone around your marriage."

"If there's alcohol being served and people are being loose, I want to have the best-looking brunette in the room standing next to me," Pence said of his wife, Karen.

When the Washington Post revived that comment in a 2017 profile of Karen Pence, his version of the “Billy Graham rule” entered pop culture as "the Pence rule."

“I am proud to say I am one of a few women who Mike Pence dines with alone,” Pence's daughter Charlotte wrote in a book about her dad published last year.

And now female aides are joining the defense, disputing the charge that Pence discriminates against women.

"Hi, @SenKamalaHarris: I’m a female Senior Advisor to Mike Pence & am wondering why you are repeating this false claim?" tweeted his press secretary, Alyssa Farah. "He’s elevated women to positions of leadership throughout his career & relies on their advice & counsel. Get your facts straight."

Pence to help Lindsey Graham kickoff S. Carolina re-election

Pence to help Lindsey Graham kickoff S. Carolina re-election Vice President Mike Pence plans to travel to South Carolina this month to help kick off U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's bid for a fourth term. Graham's campaign says Pence will be with Graham at events in Myrtle Beach and Greenville on March 30. In a release, Graham praised Pence as "a strong ally and close friend." The 63-year-old senator has often fielded challenges from the right in his previous re-election campaigns, subject to criticism that he's been too willing to work with Democrats to accurately represent conservative South Carolinians.

“President Mike Pence is proud to serve the white and Christian population of America for more than For Democrats , the notion of bringing in a man who in January told an anti-abortion march, “Life is The former Indiana governor admitted that he could not defend Trump’s boasts about groping women

" Women for Kavanaugh, and many others who support this very good man, are gathering all over Senate Democrats speak out against Kavanaugh. Several Democrats have taken the Senate floor Pence often presides over momentous votes in the Senate, and is expected to preside over the vote

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Is Mike Pence unfair to women, gays? Those who work with him slap down Democrats' criticism

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