Pence: Overwhelming opposition to ‘Fannie Med’

“You are going to see overwhelming Republican opposition in the House of Representatives” to government-run health care reform, which he calls “Fannie Med,” House Republican Conference chairman Mike Pence, R-IN, promised journalists at a breakfast sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform and the American Spectator. “During my first six years in Congress, I fought the most with Republicans. I can say today that I have never been prouder to be a Republican.”

Referring to Saturday’s massive Tea Party protest in Washington, the feisty Indiana conservative said that angry Americans have sent a clear message to the White House: “The consent of the governed has always been a popular idea among Americans. This administration is getting a much-needed history lesson.”

Pence once again defended Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC, who was rebuked by the House Tuesday for his outburst during President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress last week:

 “A friend in Indiana likes to say that Washington is ‘100 square miles surrounded by reality.’ That was never more true than yesterday. On the day that Eli Lilly announced it was laying off 5,500 people in Indianapolis and the Whirlpool plant in Evansville that’s been there 50 years said it was closing and sending 1,100 jobs out of the country, Congress takes time to demand an apology from a man who’s already apologized,” Pence noted, adding that “What the president said that night was not true.”

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