Declared 2016 



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Jeremiah Pent was born in Arlington, Texas, and raised in Fort Worth. After graduating from high school and marriage, he and his family moved several times around the country, and currently reside in Pennsylvania. He briefly studied at Texas Christian University, but would eventually earn his Masters Degree (in Divinity) from the Westminster Theological Seminary. Professionally, he is an entrepreneur, having founded and run several businesses in a number of industries including agriculture and toy manufacturing.

Pent speaks in broad terms of the need to address the social and economic issues facing the US. He believes the biggest problem currently plaguing the nation is its own lack of unity, and that all other challenges can more easily be overcome if the divisions between religious and ethnic groups can be ameliorated. Other than admitting that this will be a difficult (but achievable) task, however, he offers few specifics on how it might be accomplished. Economically, he favors a balanced budget, advocating the maintenance of a federal government that operates within its means just as, he says, average American families must do. He believes this goal can be reached through middle class tax cuts and a careful restructuring and streamlining of the government's operations.

Pent is particularly preoccupied with the American educational system and its importance to the nation's children, and speaks at length of ensuring that schools are staffed by competent teachers able to properly guide and instruct their students. Once again, however, he is sparse on describing any specific changes which he feels should be made to or by the schools.

An independent candidate, Pent worries over the stark dichotomy between Republicans and Democrats, and claims that these two parties collectively represent only about a third of the American population. He points out the fact that George Washington, the nation's first President, was himself an independent, and that many Presidents immediately following him also did not formally belong to any political party. Concerned about the influence wielded over politicians by wealthy donors, Pent has pledged to accept campaign contributions only from individuals, not rich supporters who act through Political Action Committees and super PACs.

Due to Pent's reluctance to discuss his specific policy ideas, it is difficult to evaluate which voting demographics would be most likely to support and oppose him.
 
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2016 



Current Governor and former U.S. Representative from Indiana
Born: June 7th, 1959  (age 57)


In the 2010 Values Voters Summit held in Washington D.C., Michael Richard Pence came up a surprising first in a poll among potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates in a strong field featuring luminaries and party heavyweights such as Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin. Critics were quick to point out that a straw poll conducted among a small group of conservatives can hardly be considered as a fair reflection of sentiments on the ground. Others, however, highlighted that the demographics of the summit’s attendees are a good representation of the conservative base of the Republican Party.

Ironically, at the start of his political career, Gov. Pence’s two failed attempts for a seat in the U.S. House of Representative in 1988 and 1990 were blamed on his then radical conservative ideas. And yet, over the next two decades, Gov. Pence stood at the forefront of the conservative political realignment which ultimately saw his so-called fringe political positions becoming mainstream. By the end of his six terms in Congress, Gov. Pence also became the third most powerful Republican in Congress. Incredibly, his stock rose even higher when the tea party movement emerged in 2009. There are still some who questioned why the father of three did not make a serious attempt to win the GOP presidential nomination in the last two general election cycles.

With a well-documented track record of opposition to abortions, gay marriage, federal entitlement programs and government bailouts, Pence is the rock star of the conservative and evangelical base. His courageous revolt against former President Bush’s Wall Street bailout bill in 2008 brought him into national prominence and cemented his heartthrob status in the conservative heartland. His proclamation during the 2010 Values Voters Summit - "I am a Christian, a conservative and a Republican – in that order" - has even been printed on t-shirts and bumper stickers.

Donald Trump’s decision to choose Gov. Pence as his running mate for the 2016 presidential election will not only guarantee Mr. Trump a vice president with zero skeletons in his closet, but also a home ground advantage in the Rust Belt and Bible Belt states.
 
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