Vice President-elect Mike Pence has a tough job. He went on ABC "This Week" and spoke to host George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning about everything from plans to repeal and replace Obamacare "right out of the gate," to whether or not President-elect Donald Trump will make good on his promise of making Mexico pay for a border wall. And his appearance on Sunday news shows is absolutely crucial because Mike Pence is the clarifier. And his job will be seemingly never-ending.
Take Trump's comments and promises to Carrier Air Conditioning Corp., the details of which remain sketchy, which led the company to decide to keep 1,000 jobs in Indiana after they considered moving them across the border into Mexico.
Even avowed Trump supporters balked at what Trump's conversation with the business must have been, with longtime defender Sarah Palin insisting the deal looked a lot like "crony capitalism." Cue Mike Pence, who has to cerebrally break down for a nervous American public that Donald Trump is absolutely not doing what he skewered Hillary Clinton for doing during the election. Pence downplays the deal, saying it was just one American reaching out to another, requesting they trust that under a Trump administration, the economy will improve:
.@mike_pence: Donald Trump deciding to intervene with companies over jobs is not "picking winners and losers" https://t.co/h5LNHskar4— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1480860984.0
And we are asked to trust Mike Pence that he is telling the truth, and that the man famous for the art of the deal wasn't actually intervening in the market and picking winners and losers but, rather, was just playing George Bailey pleading with the townspeople to keep their money in the old Bailey Savings & Loan.
Pence does an admirable job cleaning up these public relations messes. He's seems like a sharp and reasonable man. And a patriot. Unfortunately, his boss exacerbates people's concern and adds to the hypocrisy when he suggests that companies should be forewarned (i.e. threatens them) that should they move their operations overseas, they will be slapped with a 35 percent tax. Is it reasonable to assume that he may have gently mentioned this to Carrier Corp.? And do we want our president threatening businesses? Is this the "broad shouldered" style of leadership Mike Pence discussed with Stephanopoulos Sunday morning?
And then there's this, from Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse:
Pres-Elect Trump means well. But won't his 35% tariff idea raise prices on American families? How would it not be a new 35% tax on families?— Ben Sasse (@Ben Sasse)1480860269.0
Good question. Chances are that once this reality sinks in to the general electorate, people will begin to question why they're being taxed more. Perhaps it's the price we have to pay to get the economy moving domestically again. Mike Pence will surely be there to calm fears and explain it all.
See clips from his interview on ABC "This Week" below.
.@mike_pence on whether Taiwan call has implications for "One China" policy: "We'll deal with policy after January… https://t.co/U9zrcQ2x3z— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1480860493.0
.@mike_pence: Donald Trump will make decision to intervene with companies talking of moving jobs overseas "on a day… https://t.co/EoFI3MRORk— This Week (@This Week)1480860773.0
VP-elect Mike Pence tells @ThisWeekABC there are a "variety of ways" to make Mexico pay for border wall https://t.co/635Jf0JhEk— ABC News (@ABC News)1480861644.0
.@mike_pence: Obamacare repeal to "begin right out of the gate," will be "orderly transition to replace" it. https://t.co/fJwC3hzuKl— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1480862804.0
.@mike_pence: "We're going to keep our promises on Social Security and Medicare," adds there is "real opportunity"… https://t.co/xFUnBcthM8— This Week (@This Week)1480863675.0