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  • 4 things to know about Vice President-elect Mike Pence

  • Vice President-elect Mike Pence is an even-keeled, well-liked governor from Middle America who claims a "Christian first" attitude and has no real enemies. As The Guardian pointed out, he is fond of saying things like “I'm a conservative, but I'm not angry about it.” Here are four things to know about Pence:

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Vice President-elect Mike Pence is an even-keeled, well-liked governor from Middle America who claims a "Christian first" attitude and has no real enemies. As The Guardian pointed out, he is fond of saying things like “I'm a conservative, but I'm not angry about it.” Here are four things to know about Pence:

1. His favorite book is the Bible

Pence draws upon two documents to guide his path when confronted with a fork in the road: The U.S. Constitution, and the Holy Bible. "The first has shaped his passionate belief in limited government," says Indystar.com, "The second has forged his strong beliefs on abortion and marriage."

2. His exposure first came as a media personality

In one of his few similarities with Trump, the origins of Pence's story in the national spotlight start with his namesake show on broadcast media. After practicing law, he became a radio host, and his "Mike Pence Show" was syndicated across the state of Indiana on 18 different channels. As far as conservative radio personalities go, however, he is decidedly low-key in comparison with the likes of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh or Alex Jones.

3. He's a mixed-bag conservative

If you ask conservatives on the far right, Pence is a proponent of "big government Republicanism," soft on immigration, and a Common Core proponent who gutted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) when faced with mounting pressure from the left. But when you ask the far left, he is a crusader against LGBT rights, has it out for the poor, and must be a misogynist to boot due to is strong stance on abortion and defunding Planned Parenthood.

4. He's a seasoned Washington vet

First elected to Congress in 2000, Pence scored "perfect" on the American Conservative Union's score card. He voted to enter the Iraq war, and made several visits to the region after becoming the GOP conference chair. As a congressman, he voted to strip earmarks out of the federal budget and co-sponsored a bill that would have allowed federal regulation of online gambling. His agenda included ending federal spending on "organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus," and supported the controversial conversion therapy practice. Pence served three terms in the U.S. House.
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