Congressman Mike Pence Wants $61 Billion In Budget Cuts

By John W. Davis

March 17, 2011 Updated Mar 17, 2011 at 11:28 PM EDT

MARION, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - "We're giving serious consideration to running for state-wide office next year but I really believe it's important to get out and talk to Hoosiers before we make any decision about our future," said 6th District Republican Congressman Mike Pence.

Indiana's NewsCenter landed an exclusive interview with Congressman Pence Thursday night to discuss Washington D.C. politics and his political future.

Pence was in Marion, Indiana, as the keynote speaker for the 2011 Grant County Lincoln Day Dinner.

Pence was eager to discuss a host of national and local issues.

Pence explained his controversial "no" vote, where he voted and 53 other Congress members, voted against a short-term spending resolution Tuesday.

Pence was in the minority on that vote, so the stopgap bill passed.

Pence believes another fiscal confrontation is about three weeks away.

Meanwhile, Indiana's NewsCenter asked Congressman Pence:

"What type of Governor would you be?"

We also asked him: "If you could, describe yourself in that role?"

"Well, I like to tell people, I'm a Christian, a Conservative and a Republican in that order," replied Pence.

"The way that I've led in Washington D.C. ,would be the way if I was given the privilege of serving, that I would lead in any other role, in any other capacity," explained Pence.

As for a final word on running for Indiana Governor,
"we've made no decision about the election in 2012."


Meanwhile, Pence had a simple message as the keynote speaker of the 2011 Grant County Lincoln Day Dinner.

Pence said the 2010 elections were a great victory for Republicans across the nation and Indiana.

However, Pence was quick to point out, that Hoosiers are still hurting.

Pence said we have a struggling economy but it's time to support our elected officials.

He said elected officials are making tough choices right now, as they try to put Hoosiers back to work and fix our national debt.

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