Jim Moran and Adam Ebbin: Mike Pence too extreme for Virginia

mike penceFormer Congressman Jim Moran and State Senator Adam Ebbin criticized Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as extreme, citing his known history of dividing Americans, opposing LGBT equality and supporting failed economic policies that hurt working families.

“By choosing Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump doubled down on dividing America at a time when we need to be coming together. I served with Pence in Congress throughout his tenure, and I knew him as a highly partisan extremist, constantly pushing a backward agenda that would hurt women and working families,” said former Congressman Jim Moran. “Pence was one of the earliest advocates of the Tea Party movement, even boasting, ‘I was Tea Party before it was cool,’ and will be one of the most extreme vice presidential candidates in a generation. Pence opposed increasing the minimum wage to even $7.25 an hour and said he would be willing to shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood. Donald Trump and Mike Pence were made for each other — but not for America and not for Virginia.

“As so many Americans have come together to fight for equality and justice, Mike Pence has driven Indiana backwards with an anti-LGBT law that legalized discrimination, hurt businesses and effectively treated people as second-class citizens based on who they love,” said State Senator Adam Ebbin, Virginia’s first openly gay state legislator. “He is the perfect fit to be Donald Trump’s running mate, since Trump opposes marriage equality, endorses laws that target LGBT people, opposes dignity for transgender people, and has proposed Supreme Court picks with a history of anti-LGBT positions. I have news for Trump and Pence: love will always trump hate.”



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