Pence a worthy role model ... take it to the Banks
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)
An Indiana congressman finds little to no truth in a New York Times book review that savages Vice President Mike Pence for his faith.
Those who know Vice President Pence will probably put Michael D'Antonio's forthcoming book The Shadow President in their "fiction" section – if they buy it at all. New York Times opinion writer Frank Bruni parroted D'Antonio's attacks on the VP in his review of the book, asserting Pence to be "self-infatuated," "a bigot," "cruel," and a "religious zealot." Most of Bruni's – and the book's – shots are at Pence's Christian faith.
Congressman Jim Banks (R-Indiana) is friends with the vice president. His reaction to the hit piece? "Some of it is outrageous. The Mike Pence who I know is a very good man," he tells OneNewsNow. "Take politics out of the equation [and] he's just a good, decent person with deep convictions."
Pence has stated publicly on numerous occasions that he is "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican – in that order." Banks says it's shameful that D'Antonio and Bruni take on Pence's faith, which is actually in the mainstream of evangelicalism.
"He's a man of faith," the Republican congressman emphasizes. "He's always put his family first – and for many of us who are younger in this game, he's the role model that we try to hold ourselves up to and emulate."
He says it was, in fact, Pence's faith that got him on the 2016 presidential ticket.
"That's why he was elected to serve with this president as vice-president," he shares. "And it's why many of us voted for him when he ran for governor of Indiana and supported him when he was congressman [for Indiana] for 12 years as well."
Banks says despite the attacks, he's proud of Pence. "Unlike so many other politicians, he's never given us any reason to believe that those views aren't sincere and deeply held," he concludes. "That's why he's the role model that I hope to emulate every day in my own public service."
Banks was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016, representing Indiana's Third Congressional District. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary in May; in his reelection bid in November, he faces Democrat Courtney Tritch.
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