Mike Pence: A Meteoric Rise but a Controversial Political Past

Author: Jacob McKenna

Professor Bob Schmuhl provides insight into the rise of Mike Pence despite his controversial political record in Indiana.

By Jacob Rund - Published 10.9.2016 in Roll Call


As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reels from widespread backlash concerning lewd comments he made in 2005 about women, several Republican members of Congress are suggesting his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, should replace him.

Calls for Pence to take over the top of the ticket came swiftly after The Washington Post posted video of Trump making sexually explicit remarks caught by a hot microphone during a taping of “Access Hollywood” more than a decade ago.

Since Friday afternoon, the likes of Republican Sens. Dan Sullivan of Alaska, and Deb Fischer of Nebraska and GOP Reps. Ann Wagner of Missouri and Rodney Davis of Illinois have all urged Trump to step down.

The support Pence has received since the most recent Trump revelation represents the latest chapter of his meteoric rise to political relevance, as well as a continued lack of focus on his controversial tenure as Indiana’s governor.

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