Thursday, during a speech, Former VP Mike Pence blasted Biden’s policies, observing the president had gone from campaigning “as a moderate” to becoming “the most liberal President since FDR.”
During the Hillsborough County GOP’s annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner, Pence delivered his remarks criticizing Biden and speaking optimistically about the future of the Republican Party.
Pence did not give any indications of his plans during his speech. However, he did convey a message to the GOP base of hope in prospects for upcoming elections. “I am here to say I believe we’re on the verge of another great Republican comeback, and it starts right here in the Live Free or Die state of New Hampshire,” Pence told the crowd as it erupted into cheers.
Much of Pence’s speech was pointing out the contrasts between the Biden-Harris administration and the Trump-Pence administration.
“We made history. We made a difference. We made America greater than ever before,” said Pence, who had been welcomed to the stage with a warm introduction by his friend New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R). “But how times have changed. You know the governor said he didn’t come here to bash the current administration. Well, I did,” Pence said as he was met with more applause.
He continued, “So buckle up. I mean 134 days and the Biden-Harris administration has launched an avalanche of big government liberal policies, the likes of which I’ve never even imagined I’d see in our lifetime, and all of it designed to derail the progress that we made over the last four years.”
Pence referred to Biden’s announcement last week of a $6 trillion annual budget proposal as an “explosion of runaway spending” then proceeded to hammer the coronavirus relief package of the president. Biden had called the package the American Rescue Plan Act, which he signed in March despite no House or Senate Republicans supporting it. The bill totaled $1.9 trillion and was packed with items unrelated to coronavirus.
“Our administration worked in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic in a bipartisan way. Every bill that passed through Congress passed on a bipartisan basis,” Pence said. “They forced through the Congress a COVID bill to fund a massive expansion of the welfare state. They passed it on a partisan vote.” He lamented, “It’s amazing the difference of approach.”
Pence declared “enough is enough”after “the Biden administration and Democrats in Washington have been pushing open borders, higher taxes, runaway spending, more government, defunding the police, abandoning the right to life, censoring free speech, [and] canceling our most cherished liberties.”
Pence excoriated Biden for reversals or changes to the Trump-Pence administration’s accomplishments.
“In 2020, you remember Joe Biden was campaigning as a moderate when he campaigned, but he’s literally governed as the most liberal president since FDR,” Pence declared.
He referred to remarks far-left “Squad” leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made in honor of Biden’s first 100 days in office. “Even AOC said that President Biden had quote ‘exceeded progressives’ expectations,’ and that’s saying a lot,” he quipped. “But I don’t believe for one moment that that’s what the American people voted for in 2020.”
“They didn’t vote to open our borders, to give away safety of our streets, our prosperity, or our freedom, or our future, so I want to say again, coming here to New Hampshire tonight, it’s time,” Pence said. “It’s time for freedom-loving Americans to stand up and say, ‘No more.’ It’s time for freedom-loving Americans to unite behind an agenda that will bring America back.”