OPEN ITEM – Gov. Pence in DC for Governors Associations Meetings
Governor Mike Pence was in Washington, D.C. over the weekend attending the Republican Governors Association and National Governors Association meetings and had the opportunity to hit a number of cable news programs while we was out there. One appearance he made that doesn’t necessarily have the same ratings as some of the cable news outlets but is worth watching is his appearance on Seib and Company on WSJ Live where Gov. Pence discusses the economic health of state governments and how he thinks states should prioritize spending. You can watch the full interview below:
Gov. Pence also appeared on CNN’s State of the Union where he was asked what question he would have for President Barack Obama should he have the opportunity at the NGA meeting today:
Well, I think the basic message is more freedom and more flexibility, Mr. President, whether it’d be in the area of health care, whether it’d be in transportation or in education. I truly believe that the cure for what ails this country will come more from our nation’s state capitals than it ever will from our nation’s capital. You know, I served out here for a dozen years.
I understand Washington and I see the gridlock and we’ve seen it before. But in the little more than 12 months, I’ve served as a governor. I’m absolutely convinced that empowering our states to innovate and reform – Indiana’s economy is on the move right now. 42,000 new private sector jobs in the last year. We’re now the lowest unemployment rate in the Midwest. It’s because in Indiana, we’ve been advancing balanced budgets, right to work, we’ve been cutting taxes, we’ve been promoting education reform. Let’s let our states innovate and this economy will come roaring back.
In other national news, the Indianapolis Star takes a look at Congressional Quarterly Roll Call’s Congressional Votes Index and determines for the most part that both Republican and Democrat members of the Indiana delegation vote along party lines almost every time. Maureen Groppe highlights each members’ vote rating and identifies the most significant vote where the member voted against party lines.