Democrats link Mike Pence to government shutdownOctober 3rd, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Jim Shella under Jim Shella's Political Blog
Two years ago, Congressman Mike Pence called for a government shutdown. Now, as governor, he supports the shutdown that began on Tuesday. Democrats say he deserves some of the blame for it.
Republicans and Democrats are both trying to find political advantage in the government shutdown that is now 3 days old. It’s why Mike Pence is suddenly a target despite the fact that, this time, he’s a bystander.
That wasn’t the case during a Capitol Hill Tea Party rally in 2011. It came in the middle of a budget battle in Congress when Mike Pence was a leader in the House GOP. Then, a shutdown was averted unlike the one we’re currently witnessing, but the rhetoric sounds familiar.
“I say shut it down,” said Pence at the time. “You know nobody wants a government shutdown, but if we don’t make a stand we’re going to shutdown the future for our children and grandchildren.”
It’s why a spokesman from the Democratic National Committee says Pence put in motion the events that led to the current shutdown, a sentiment backed up by State Democratic Chairman John Zody.
“It’s compelling to think that our governor is the one who is, who continues to advocate for a shutdown,” said Zody, “which then has such a drastic effect on the economy here in the state.”
Tuesday in South Bend Pence offered his view of the current shutdown. “I believe that efforts to delay the implementation of Obamacare and also efforts to reduce the negative impact of Obamacare on our economy,” he said, “are worthwhile.”
His position appears unchanged since 2011.