John introduced the Pence Plan, which can be found at www.PencePlan.com, to voters on Monday in Indianapolis. The plan is based on a book published by the conservative think tank Indiana Policy Review Foundation during Pence's tenure as president, which laid out a "blueprint" for Indiana. Pence has touted his time heading the foundation in his first campaign ad, and is even quoted in the book asking donors for money so that he might share the book's "compelling research" with others.
"Congressman Pence may be trying to etch-a-sketch his ties to this blueprint-- and his 20-year career-- but Hoosiers have a right to know. If he's not ready to roll out his agenda, we're happy to do it for him," said Gregg.
In the book, Pence presents an extreme agenda for working Hoosiers. Prososals found in the Pence Blueprint include:
- Calling for an end to the minimum wage, arguing that "accidents of birth...are never fair"
- Repealing the Americans With Disabilities Act
- Repealing family leave laws
Gregg said there was only one way to describe this agenda: "Out. Of. Touch."
These ideas put forth in Pence's "blueprint" are particularly relevant because he has followed this agenda to a tee in Congress. Pence has twice voted against raising the minimum wage, and as recently as 2006 was issuing press releases saying that the "minimum wage violates fundamental free market economics," and that an increase in the minimum was was "excessive and will hurt the poor."
"I want to know what Congressman Pence has to say to Hoosiers trying to raise a family on $7.25 an hour," continued Gregg. "Congressman Pence may think $7.25 is excessive, but I can tell you most hard-working Hoosiers sure don't."
Gregg concluded, "I know Congressman Pence has been trying to back away from this record-- and I can't say I blame him. After 12 years in Congress he may have gotten pretty good at Washington-style bait-and-switch, but he cannot run from his clear, consistent 20-year record of supporting an extreme and out-of-touch agenda."