Pence to CPAC: Obamacare Will Fall Despite 'Liberal Activists'

Image: Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Maryland, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Susan Walsh / AP

The comments were red meat to conservatives but varied only slightly from Pence’s usual stump speech.

Pence echoed campaign trail promises from then-candidate Donald Trump that the replacement to Obamacare would allow Americans to buy healthcare over state lines. Congressional Republicans released a broad outline of a

new health care plan last week, but it was thin on details.

The vice president also pushed for a states’ rights approach to health care that allows local governments “to take care of the least fortunate in the best way that will work in their state and their community.”

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The vice president also spoke passionately about Israel, promising that “under President Trump, America will stand with Israel.” He did not elaborate on the Trump administration’s vision for an end to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Pence mixed comedy with conservative bluster in his remarks and used part of the speech to whet the audience’s appetite for Trump’s speech at the conference Friday morning.

Contrasting himself with the president, Pence quipped that Trump was “known for his bigger than life personality, charm, and charisma. And I’m, like, not.”

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