In one-on-one Interview, Mike Pence discusses evangelical voters, Jan. 6 attack
On Wednesday, former Vice President Mike Pence spoke to KCCI Chief Political Reporter Amanda Rooker about his possible run for president during a one-on-one interview.
Pence spoke about how he would win over Republicans and his message for Iowans convicted in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Rooker asked Pence about how he plans to change the minds of Iowa evangelicals after a March Des Moines Register-Mediacom poll that shows nearly 40% of that group view him unfavorably.
“You know, one of the things I’ve learned in the last two years is that I’m well-known, but I’m not known well. I mean, people in Indiana know me as a conservative congressman, fighting for fiscal discipline and traditional values,” Pence said. “But I accept that most Americans just know me as vice president.”
Rooker asked Pence how he felt about Jan. 6, and what he would tell the eight Iowans charged for their actions on that day.
“What happened on Jan. 6 was tragic. And we can never allow it to happen again. I mean, to think that in the very citadel of our democracy, we saw the kind of rioting and violence and vandalism that we saw is just utterly unacceptable,” Pence said.
“Now, I stand by the due process rights of every American — the right to make their own case in court. And in my heart, I’m a forgiving man. But I do believe that it’s important that people that engaged in violence, particularly against law enforcement officers, be held to account in the law,” he said.