Thursday is Day 4 of the governor’s foreign trade mission to Germany.
But Mike Pence is still getting noticed for remarks he made on Day 3 that were critical of the Obama Administration. The video was made available Thursday morning here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoI0mw5n0yo#t=19
It comes from a Berlin Hotel where the governor hosted a reception for friends of Indiana. During it, he delivered formal remarks that veered from economic development into foreign policy.
“History teaches us that weakness and appeasement invite aggression,” he said.
It wasn’t off the cuff. Prepared remarks that were sent to the media, including Fox News, before the speech was delivered included the following criticism of the Obama Administration.
“With Russian aggression on the rise again,” said Pence, “it’s clear that our policy of conciliatory diplomacy has failed.”
It led to this editorial in the Washington Examiner which called the speech “the clearest sign so far that Pence is considering a run for the White House.”
Pence even had foreign policy proposal of his own.
“I believe we must take immediate steps to strengthen our mutual security by deploying a robust missle defense in all of Europe including Poland and the Czech Republic,” said the governor, “to protect the interest of all our NATO allies and to protect the interest of our country in this region.”
And that caused Indianapolis Star political cartoonist Gary Varvel to draw a cartoon comparing Pence to Ronald Reagan.
In case you wonder if that’s the reaction the governor wanted, on his facebook page he published only the foreign policy portions of the Berlin speech.
The views expressed by the governor are consistent with views he shared as a member of Congress where he served on the foreign affairs committee and he made that clear in the speech.
Nevertheless, his policy statement had political overtones that were unavoidable.