Mike Pence criticizes Biden’s economic policies

Looking like a potential presidential candidate, former Vice President Mike Pence said the country’s economic woes were almost entirely the result of Democratic President Joe Biden’s policies, telling an audience at the University of Chicago club that without change, Americans will change leadership very soon.”

Pence spoke for nearly 40 minutes before a few hundred people in an ornate hall, touting the economic successes of the “Trump-Pence administration,” but making no direct reference to the man who served under him, former President Donald Trump.

Nor did he say anything about Trump’s efforts to pressure him to derail the result of the 2020 election in the run-up to the January 6, 2021 rebellion at the Capitol, where rioters chanted “Hang Mike Pence.”

Pence has become a focal point of the House select committee’s investigation into the insurgency as the panel examines whether Trump knew that his push for his vice president to stop counting the Electoral College votes for states giving Biden the presidency was illegal. Pence refused to comply with Trump’s demands.

While in Chicago, Pence recorded an interview with Foxnews.com in which he said he would not allow Democrats to use January 6 “to divert attention from their failed agenda or to diminish the intentions of the 74 million Americans who have mobilized to support our cause.”

Pence said he “thank God” knows he did his “duty that day under the Constitution.”

Pence said the decision to make a bid for the White House would not depend on whether Trump would run again. “We will go where we are contacted, and as I said, we will not allow anyone to make that decision for us,” he said.

At the university club, Pence singled out a “tragic day in our nation’s capitol” as part of a series of difficult times the country has faced since the pandemic.

Pence, 63, did not discuss any White House ambitions. But the former vice president and former governor of Indiana criticized the policies of Biden and “radical left-wing extremists” in the Democratic Party and their “agenda of more taxes, more regulation, less American energy, and open borders.”

“The truth is that the majority of Americans know that President Biden’s economic policies have completely and completely failed, and it is time for a change of direction for America,” Pence said. “The Biden administration has squandered American prosperity faster than any other administration in our country’s history.”

“President Biden made many excuses, but few solutions,” he said.

Pence said that blaming Biden for the massive rise in gas prices on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “unreasonable invasion” of Ukraine was misplaced.

“Gas prices are rising because of Joe Biden’s energy war, and they must stop and stop today,” he said. Runaway inflation is the expected result of runaway spending. You cannot spend your way out of a problem caused by overspending.”

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Pence offered a traditional list of conservative agenda items as an alternative, including unlocking more domestic energy resources and working to “liberate the American people from oppressive taxation, authoritarian bureaucracy, and overregulation of the economy.”

“We have a chance to see the agenda of the American left without a candidate and, in general, put it into practice and see America weak at home and abroad,” the former vice president said. “Unless this administration changes course and its allies in Congress dramatically change course, the American people will change leadership and change leadership very soon.”

Pence sprinkled his speech with quotes from the Bible where he also promoted family and faith as the basis for achieving the “American Dream.”

“Strong families make strong communities and strong communities make a strong America. We must have an economy that works for American families,” he said. “I believe the highest priority should be to preserve and strengthen families. It is an institution of society today. At its core, it is the family that has made This country is amazing.”

Pence also received a poke in Illinois, saying residents had seen the effects of high taxes and excessive business regulation.

“I must tell you,” said he, “as your neighbor in the East, having been governor, I loved competing with Illinois for jobs.”

“It broke my heart when I heard that Caterpillar and Boeing were leaving Illinois. He said of their recent corporate departure from the Chicago area.

The truth is that the policies of the Biden administration will not cause jobs to move from your state to another. They will cause jobs to move from the United States to places like China.”

Later, Pence ramped up his party rhetoric in a speech to a gathering of party believers at a Lincoln Day fundraising dinner for Republican Party organizations in Peoria County and Tazewell.

In a ballroom at Peoria Civic Center, he appealed to the crowd to elect a Republican governor and reversed Illinois Democrats’ 20-year control of the state and Senate. Republicans last controlled Illinois’ government for two years after the 1994 Republican Party election wave.

“The Democrats have moved so fast, and sometimes I think the left hand doesn’t know what the far left hand is doing,” he said with a laugh.

Again, Pence did not directly refer to Trump, but did describe being part of the administration that brought a conservative majority to the US Supreme Court with the appointment of Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Connie Barrett.

As the court appeared poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision granting a woman the right to request an abortion without undue government restrictions, Pence said, “I could not be more proud to have served in the most pro-life administration in American history.”

Pence also sought to mobilize the masses to continue the fight for conservative Republican values.

You are not willing to stand on the sidelines and be watched. “You’re moving forward, and with your help and God’s help, we’re going to set America back,” Pence said.

“So buckle up,” he said, “because common sense comes back cool.” “And the Republican Party is leading the way.”

Journer reported from Peoria.

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