WOLF BLITZER: What’s wrong with what Secretary Powell have to say about endorsing condom use for those who are sexually active?
REP. MIKE PENCE (R), INDIANA: Well, Wolf, I think it was — given the enormous stature that Colin Powell rightly has, not only in America but in the world community, it was a sad day. I don’t think any administration has had a worst day since boxers and briefs on MTV. And the truth is that Colin Powell had an opportunity here to reaffirm this president’s commitment to abstinence as the best choice for our young people, and he chose not to do that in the first instance, but — and so I think it’s very sad. The other part is that, frankly, condoms are a very, very poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases, and in that sense, Wolf, this was — the secretary of state maybe inadvertently misleading millions of young people and endangering lives.
Mike Pence’s (now archived) website was full of lies, including the doozy that “smoking doesn’t kill” and global warming is a hoax:
“Time for a quick reality check. Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill,” he wrote on his old Mike Pence for Congress website in 1998, BuzzFeed first reported more than a year ago.
He warned his readers that the Food and Drug Administration’s tobacco regulation is an action of “big government,” and that a government large “enough to go after smokers is big enough to go after you,” Pence said on his website, according to BuzzFeed.
“Global warming is a myth,” “[Bill] Clinton must be impeached” for a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky and “George Washington was a Republican” round out the list of Pence’s old op-eds.
Politifact has another growing list of more recent Mike Pence lies, like insisting Donald Trump never broke his promise to release his taxes. More recently, he claimed he never knew Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was lobbying on behalf of Turkey, something Paul Waldman said in an op-ed at the Washington Post was highly unlikely: