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Summary

Mike Pence was born in 1959 and is the 48th and current Vice President of the United States. Together with President Trump, Vice President Pence is seeking a second term.

Prior to being elected as Vice President, Mike Pence served as the Governor of Indiana. He was elected Governor in 2013. From 2001 to 2013, Vice President Pence served in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a member of Congress, he was the Chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2009 to 2011.

In July 2016, then-Governor Pence withdrew his gubernatorial reelection campaign to become the running mate of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who went on to win the 2016 presidential election. In February 2020, Vice President Pence was appointed as Chairman of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, established in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Below is Vice President Pence’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

Vice President Pence opposed the nuclear agreement with Iran since it was negotiated. In 2015, then-Governor Pence co-authored a letter to President Obama to express opposition to the agreement. Then-Governor Pence said the agreement is a “bad deal and should be rejected.” In a separate letter at the time, then-Governor Pence said that he was opposed to the agreement because it would “not make the United States or our most cherished ally, Israel, safer.”

Vice President Pence supported the decision of President Trump to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran and he called on European allies to abandon the deal.

Discussing Iran, Vice President Pence called on the international community to “stand strong against the leading purveyor of anti-Semitism, against the one government in the world that denies the Holocaust as a matter of state policy and threatens to wipe Israel off the map.”

Vice President Pence strongly supported the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Prior to President Trump making announcing the decision, Vice President Pence reaffirmed that the administration intended to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the U.S. embassy there.

Both as Governor and as Vice President, Pence has opposed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel. He has said that BDS and its calls for boycotts of Israel are “wrong” and that have “no place” in the United States.

In a public address, Vice President Pence said that the U.S. administration would support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “if both sides agree.” He endorsed the “Peace to Prosperity” peace plan presented by President Trump. The plan includes an Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank and the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state living peacefully alongside Israel with Israel retaining security responsibility. Vice President Pence called it “the most serious, realistic, and detailed plan ever presented, and one that could make Israelis, Palestinians, and the region safer and more prosperous.

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