EXCLUSIVE: Vice-President Mike Pence One-On-One With Tony Katz
(Photo Credit: Tony Katz)
Before taking the stage on Day 2 of his Indiana visit (the night before, he was the keynote speaker at the sold-out Indiana Republican Party Fall Dinner) the Vice-President spoke with Tony exclusively, discussing the senate race, whether incumbent Democrat Senator Joe Donnelly is being honest about pre-existing conditions, his take on the Kavanaugh confirmation and whether the administration will make any moves against Saudi Arabia in relation to the disappearance, and possible murder, of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.
The interview is presented without edits on the above subjects. One question was asked specifically for a WIBC special about Indiana Vice-Presidents. That question was left out of this post entirely, and will be broadcast at a date to be determined.
ON MIKE BRAUN, JOE DONNELLY AND THE SENATE:
This "Medicare for All," you know, is just socialized medicine. I mean, literally. The cost of that, the trillions of dollars of cost, the tax increases we have to face, the worsening healthcare coverage for Americans.
But, look. Joe Donnelly's record is very clear. When it came time to cut taxes for working families and businesses in Indiana, Joe voted no. When it came time to give states the flexibility to defund Planned Parenthood, even though he says he's pro-life, Joe Donnelly voted no.
And then, of course, just a little more than a week ago, when it came time to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Joe voted no. I just believe that Indiana deserves better. The people of Indiana said yes to the agenda President Trump and I campaigned on in 2016, and the Democrats and Joe Donnelly have been blocking that agenda every step of the way.
That's why the Preisdent and I are so committed to seeing Mike Braun elected to the United States Senate from Indiana.
ON DONNELLY AND HIS CLAIM THAT HE WAS THE VOTE TO SAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITION COVERAGE:
When the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, it protected Americans with pre-existing conditions. The President and I have been clear: we will sign, support no legislation that doesn't cover Americans with pre-existing conditions.
It's a predictable hit that (Democrats) are using around the country. But on Mike Braun, it's particularly wrong. Because, long before Washington, D.C. was ever talking about pre-existing conditions, Mike Braun - in the business that he built - provided health insurance for his employees, and they covered pre-existing conditions already. Before government mandates ever came along.
ON THE CONFIRMATION OF JUSTICE KAVANAUGH:
What the Democrats in the United States Senate did to Judge Kavnaugh and his family was terrible. And it's unlike anything I'd ever seen before. They traded 'Advise and Consent' for 'Search and Destroy.' We went through a very careful process - respectful to Dr. Ford, heard her case. Heard out Judge Kavanaugh. Did the additional FBI background. And found no corroboration to support the accusations, hers or others, against this extraordinary, principled jurist.
I really do believe Joe Donnelly let the people of Indiana down when he voted against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
ON THE ADMINISTRATION'S RESPONSE OVER JAMAL KHASHOGGI:
We are very troubled by the reports surrounding the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. And if what is alleged to have occurred actually happened, as the President said, there will be severe consequences. But I don't want to get ahead of that; that will be for the President's decision.
Look, any attack against an innocent individual should be offensive to any American. But an attack on a journalist is an attack on a free and independent press. And the world deserves answers, and the United States is going to continue to demand answers until we get to the bottom of it.
This President has forged a strong relationship with Saudi Arabia, with other allies acorss the Middle East and the Arab world. Of course, a strong relationship with the state of Israel. All of which is serving as a new and renewed counterweight of the terrorist activities of Iran.
So, we will factor all of that into the decisions we make. But, as the President made clear, we're going to get to the bottom of this.
I'm very aware our State Department is very engaged in this with the Saudi government, we're also working with the Turks. Tony, we're going to get to the bottom of this.