Updated: Monday, 10 Aug 2009, 11:32 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 10 Aug 2009, 11:31 AM EDT
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Republican Congressman Mike Pence came to NewsChannel 15 Monday for a special interview before his third town hall meeting in Bluffton, Indiana.
While at WANE-TV, NewsChannel15 producer, Lindsay DeWitte, interviewed the congressman about his opinions on health care, his future in politics, and how he feels about the political climate in Washington DC.
Pence, who opposes the current legislation on health care, offered his suggestion that Americans should be able to purchase health insurance across state lines. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the manner in which many Democrats are characterizing town hall meetings, calling them organized by political groups. He says hundreds of people have attended his meetings and expressed opinions unrelated to any organized group. Pence also expressed his confidence that after the current congressional recess that the political climate on Washington will change. "Washington will get the message," he said. "Whether it gets the message this month, or whether it gets the message after the next election, Washington will get the message because here in America, we the people govern."
When asked if he would consider running for president, Pence simply replied, "I have no plans to run for president." He said he will continue to travel the country, though, in an effort to support his fellow Republicans in their efforts for reelection. He told NewsChannel 15 he believes if "balance" is achieved in Congress, bi-partisan legislation for health care reform can be achieved.
On this page you will find an extended video of our interview with Pence.
NewsChannel 15's Chris Hopper is covering Pence's Monday town hall meeting in Bluffton, Indiana.