Pence social conservatism shows up mid-term

Governor Mike Pence (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence’s social conservatism has begun showing up midway through his four-year term following efforts to downplay it the past few years.

Pence sparked a firestorm among liberal bloggers last week after he called his decision to require some food-stamp recipients work 20 hours a week “ennobling.” Speaking at the Republican Governors Association conference later in the week, he announced he may join other conservative governors in an attempt to block sweeping immigration changes.

As governor, Pence has largely avoided the hot-button issues he used to build a name for himself in Washington. Instead he has erred on the side of politically safe priorities like tax cuts and job-training. But he has been stepping out more in the national media as he considers a White House run in 2016. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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