Founder of Advancing American Freedom and former Vice President Mike Pence, has released his “freedom agenda” for conservatives who are running in this year’s midterms.
The plan is broken into three “pillars” and they include: American Opportunity, American Leadership, and American Culture.
The plan reads:
The American free enterprise system is the most powerful economic engine in the history of mankind. No other system has created more wealth, lifted more people out of poverty, or improved mankind’s quality of life to a greater degree. To restore American freedom and greatness, the free market must be unleashed from the shackles of high taxes, overregulation, and big-government socialism.
Pence calls on America to confront the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), standing against Russian and Iranian aggression, and create a new Middle East by standing with Israel.
“American Freedom means peace at home and stability abroad. While America must never go ‘abroad, in search of monsters to destroy,’ in the words of John Quincy Adams, we must promote freedom through the power of our example and stand faithfully with our allies in defense of our common values and interests,” the freedom agenda says.
The American Culture pillar calls for policies that would promote patriotic education, secure our southern border, end illegal immigration, defend the second amendment, and protect women’s sports.
On American culture, the plan says:
Americans are proud of our culture and believe that it is worth protecting for future generations. As Americans, we believe that every human being is created in the image of God, and we are endowed by our Creator with the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To secure life, the sanctity of human life must be restored to the center of American law. To secure liberty, patriotic education must replace political indoctrination in our public schools. To secure happiness, every American, in every city, should feel safe in his or her home, at work, and on the street.
During an interview with Breitbart News, Pence said that providing a plan is important for American voters, saying:
“In 2022, I believe that it will be important for us not merely to be the loyal opposition, but in a very real sense, I think it’s imperative that the conservative movement rally around a bold, optimistic agenda that’s informed by everything that we have learned in this movement, from the days of the Reagan-Bush administration, all the way through the Trump-Pence administration. And that was the genesis of the Freedom Agenda.”
The plan was developed over the past few months, with input from conservatives around the country including the former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R), former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, former National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow, and former Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James.
“What we did over the last six months was really challenge the members of our advisory board to come to us and help us lay out that clear and compelling vision informed by the experience of the conservative movement over the last five decades. And I believe as you peruse the freedom agenda today, you’ll see it really is an effort to put [it] in one place,” said Pence.
“What we’ve sought to do in the Freedom Agenda is put all of those in one place for people who cherish freedom and who cherish that movement to be able to go in and reflect on the priorities that we have at home and abroad,” Pence said.
Pence also said that “elections are about the future,” and he believes Democrats “would love nothing more for conservatives than to talk about the past.”
“I think it’s equally important that we focus on where conservatives are at every level. Whether it’s an active citizen or whether it be people in public life, can carry the country and I think by relentlessly focusing on the future,” he added.
Minority Senate Leader Mitch McConnell was asked what Republicans would do with a majority in Congress, he said, “I’ll let you know when we take it back.”
“This midterm election will be a report card on the performance of this entire Democratic government: the president, the House and the Senate,” McConnell added.