Video released of Pence speech criticizing Obama

Screen shot shows the controversial video of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaking about President Barack Obama. (WISH Photo/YouTube)
Screen shot shows the controversial video of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaking about President Barack Obama. (WISH Photo/YouTube)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Thursday was day four of Gov. Mike Pence’s foreign trade mission to Germany.

But, Pence was still getting noticed for remarks he made on day three that were critical of the Obama Administration. The video was made available on the state website Thursday morning. You can see it here.

It comes from a Berlin Hotel where the governor hosted a reception for friends of Indiana. During it, he delivered formal remarks that veered from economic development into foreign policy.

“History teaches us that weakness and appeasement invite aggression,” he said.

It wasn’t off the cuff. Prepared remarks that were sent to the media, including Fox News, before the speech was delivered included the following criticism of the Obama Administration.

“With Russian aggression on the rise again,” said Pence, “it’s clear that our policy of conciliatory diplomacy has failed.”

It led to this editorial in the Washington Examiner which called the speech “the clearest sign so far that Pence is considering a run for the White House.”

Pence even had foreign policy proposal of his own.

“I believe we must take immediate steps to strengthen our mutual security by deploying a robust missle defense in all of Europe, including Poland and the Czech Republic,” said the governor, “to protect the interest of all our NATO allies and to protect the interest of our country in this region.”

That caused Indianapolis Star political cartoonist Gary Varvel to draw a cartoon comparing Pence to Ronald Reagan.

In case you wonder if that’s the reaction the governor wanted, on his Facebook page he published only the foreign policy portions of the Berlin speech.

The views expressed by the governor are consistent with views he shared as a member of Congress where he served on the foreign affairs committee and he made that clear in the speech.

Nevertheless, his policy statement had political overtones that were unavoidable. 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, off topic, 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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