Mike Pence Comments on Entitlement Programs and Takes Jab at Ron DeSantis

Former Vice President Mike Pence has voiced his opinion on the debate over Social Security and Medicare, saying the entitlement programs must be put “on the table in the long-term.” Pence argued that the debt crisis facing the U.S. over the next 25 years is “driven by entitlements” and that “no one in Washington D.C. wants to talk about it.”[0]

The comments come as Pence takes a jab at potential 2024 presidential rival Ron DeSantis, criticizing the Florida governor for his handling of the Disney fight.[1] After Disney put out a statement condemning the Florida Parental Rights in Education Act, DeSantis took action to end Disney’s control of the district in which Disney World is situated.[2]

Pence praised the Florida law as a measure to “protect kids and protect parental rights” but expressed concerns about DeSantis’s follow-up actions. “The idea of going after their taxing authority…that was beyond the scope of what I, as a conservative, limited-government Republican would be prepared to do,” he said.[3]

DeSantis recounted the conversation with former Disney CEO Bob Chapek in his new memoir, “The Courage to be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for American Revival”, where Chapek said, “We get pressured all the time. But this time is different. I haven’t seen anything like this before.”[4] Chapek and Disney “ultimately caved to leftist media and activist pressure and pressed the false narrative against the bill,” DeSantis wrote.[5]

In his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden took a stand against Republicans who are trying to reduce spending. Members of both political parties are adamant that they will not alter the entitlement programs.[6] Former House Speaker Paul Ryan criticized both Biden and former President Donald Trump for placing cuts to Social Security and Medicare out of bounds.

When queried about a potential presidential run in 2024, Pence responded saying, “I’ll keep you posted.”[7] Donald Trump is aiming to strongly differentiate himself from Ron DeSantis, whom he highlighted in a tweet this week: “Ron DeSanctimonious wants to cut your Social Security and Medicare,” he declared.[8]

0. “The United States is Headed Toward a Debt Crisis: Former VP Mike Pence” CryptoPotato, 22 Feb. 2023, https://cryptopotato.com/the-united-states-is-headed-toward-a-debt-crisis-former-vp-mike-pence/

1. “Pence criticises DeSantis for escalating Disney battle…” Daily Maverick, 23 Feb. 2023, https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2023-02-23-pence-criticizes-desantis-for-escalating-disney-battle-ahead-of-2024/

2. “Pence: DeSantis’ Disney Actions Not a ‘Limited-Government’ Response” Newsmax, 22 Feb. 2023, https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/mike-pence-ron-desantis-florida/2023/02/22/id/1109756

3. “Mike Pence Defends Disney and Crucifies DeSantis” Disney Dining, 23 Feb. 2023, https://www.disneydining.com/mike-pence-defends-disney-and-crucifies-desantis-em1

4. “Former Disney CEO Bob Chapek Reportedly Complained to Florida Governor About Getting Involved in ‘Don’t Say Gay …” WDW News Today, 27 Feb. 2023, https://wdwnt.com/2023/02/former-disney-ceo-bob-chapek-complained-to-florida-governor-about-getting-involved-in-dont-say-gay-controversy/

5. “Former Disney CEO privately complained to DeSantis about ‘pressure’ from woke left amid Florida fight: book” Fox News, 27 Feb. 2023, https://www.foxnews.com/politics/former-disney-ceo-privately-complained-desantis-pressure-woke-left-florida-fight-book

6. “Pence: Social Security, Medicare Reforms Needed for Long Haul” Newsmax, 22 Feb. 2023, https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/mike-pence-medicare-social-security/2023/02/22/id/1109720/

7. “Mike Pence might already have put an end to his prospects of winning the presidency. | US.Crime Online” NewsBreak Original, 24 Feb. 2023, https://original.newsbreak.com/@us-crime-online-1609644/2935113965959-mike-pence-might-already-have-put-an-end-to-his-prospects-of-winning-the-presidency

8. “Mike Pence breaks with Trump on Medicare and Social Security” NBC News, 22 Feb. 2023, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2024-election/mike-pence-trump-medicare-social-security-rcna71778

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