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Pence brings old-time Republican religion to Rockingham County GOP event

He may have campaigned in one of the most pro-choice states, governed by a pro-choice GOP governor, but former Vice President Mike Pence has not held back his old religious republicanism as he was on the Granite State stump on Thursday.

Several speakers at the Rockingham County GOP Freedom Founders Dinner quoted New Hampshire poet Robert Frost, including Pence himself: “People will tell you freedom is about being careful. Freedom lies in audacity.

Pence took Frost’s advice to heart. With every appearance during his day in New Hampshire, the likely 2024 presidential nominee reminded GOP crowds that “I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican — and in that order.”

Pence told the crowd he predicted a Republican “tidal wave” in November, and he urged the New Hampshire GOP to remind voters of their accomplishments. “We need to remind voters of what we have accomplished during our season of service.”

Former Vice President Mike Pence receives a gift from the Rockingham County GOP after speaking at their Freedom Founders Dinner in late May 2022.

He then outlined what he sees as the accomplishments of the “Trump/Pence administration.”

“In the 48 months since the 2016 election, the Trump/Pence administration has achieved the lowest unemployment rate, highest household income, highest energy production, trade deals the most pro-American, the most secure border and the most powerful military in history. of the world,” Pence said. “We’ve created seven million jobs, cut taxes and regulations, and become a net exporter of energy for the first time, and we’ve cut illegal immigration by 90 percent.”

One achievement Pence declined to tout: the success of his endorsed nominee, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, in Tuesday’s primary against Trump-backed former U.S. Senator David Perdue.

And while New Hampshire Republicans have tended to steer clear of the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling, many expect Roe v Wade to be overturned – Gov. Chris Sununu said he wants Roe to stay in place – Pence adopted it as a highlight of the asset. presidency.

“I couldn’t be more proud to have served as vice president of the most pro-life administration in United States history,” Pence said, listing the three conservative justices appointed to the Supreme Court by the President Trump.

“You’ve all seen the news: If the draft opinion that was leaked by the Supreme Court is correct, we could well be on the verge of a new era in the cause of life,” Pence said. He then asked the audience to “pray for our judges, give them the courage of their convictions that the draft opinion becomes the majority opinion and that we can send Roe v. Wade to the ash heap of history.” “.

Pence has played the “faith and family” card tough, despite the fact that social conservatives like Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Rev. Pat Robertson have not fared well in the Granite State. No Republican from what one Rockingham County Republican called the “Ovide Lamontagne” wing of the GOP has ever won the Nation’s first presidential primary. (Lamontagne, a popular Republican who did well in three statewide primaries, has never won a general election.)

Still, it was well received by the Rockingham County crowd, and county GOP Chairman Jason B. Grosky told NHJournal that Pence made the event a success.

And Pence’s outspoken advocacy of pro-life politics and religion in the public square? “There are more social conservatives in Rockingham County than most people realize,” Grosky said.

Pence also refused to relinquish his support for the Second Amendment following the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 21 people dead, including 19 children.

Pence began his remarks with expressions of grief over the loss of life, but we quickly turned to politics, accusing President Biden and gun control advocates of exploiting the dead to score points. policies.

As for a solution, Pence added, “Erasing the rights of law-abiding citizens is not the answer.”

State Representative Wayne MacDonald acknowledged that Pence’s strong conservative social stance may not be New Hampshire-style republicanism, but he noted that Pence had made several trips to the state, a sign that he was willing to work here to afflict Granite State voters.

“We like it here,” MacDonald said of his fellow New Hampshire Republicans. “And it is still very early. We need to see what happens in 2022 and how the campaign unfolds in other primary states. We will see.”

Several Granite State Republican activists who refused to register have thrown cold water on the idea of ​​Pence winning the presidential nomination, whether in New Hampshire or across the country.

“Being such an evangelical is a problem in the [New Hampshire] primary. Trump supporters who want to hang you are another. Either one is hard. But both? No way,” said a GOP strategist.