When vice-presidential nominees Mike Pence and Tim Kaine face-off for the first and only time Tuesday night, progressives hope the Republican candidate’s right-wing record will be exposed for all its extreme ugliness.
Pence, who currently serves as governor of Indiana, “is famously—or infamously—right-wing, and a particular darling of far-right Evangelical voters,” as Common Dreams reported when GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump chose him as his running mate in July.
“[Donald] Trump, whether he wins or loses, is an anomaly. Dangerous men like Pence are here to stay long after 2016.”
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And while Pence’s major challenge on Tuesday night is to “be the great normalizer,” transforming Trump’s bombast into something more palatable to mainstream conservatives, journalist John Paul Brammer reminds readers in an op-ed that “a President Pence is nearly as scary as a President Trump.”
From pushing anti-LGBTQ legislation to supporting so-called “conversion therapy” to attacking women’s rights, Pence “has displayed a willingness to uncritically adopt the kookiest, angriest, most deranged positions of the far-right wing of his party,” Mark Joseph Stern wrote for Slate on Tuesday.
He also has a long history of fighting to cut and privatize Social Security, which led Nancy Altman of progressive group Social Security Works to declare ahead of the debate: “It is imperative that debate moderator Elaine Quijano question Mike Pence tonight about his Social Security record. Pence’s support for drastic cuts to Social Security’s already modest benefits is far outside the mainstream, totally out-of-step with what numerous polls show is the will of the vast majority of Americans.”
Meanwhile, early Tuesday morning, David Sirota of International Business Times reported that “[a]s casino industry cash went around Indiana’s anti-corruption laws and into groups supporting Pence’s campaigns, the GOP governor used his power to help gambling interests”—despite having publicly opposed an expansion of gaming in his state.
“While Trump has promised throughout the 2016 presidential campaign that his personal wealth would insulate his administration from donor influence, his running mate’s actions on the gaming issue challenge that pledge,” the investigation pointed out.
Indeed, U.S. News & World Report assistant editor Emily Arrowood wrote Tuesday: