Pence hopes to channel George HW Bush in VP role

After he takes the oath of office on Friday, Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceDozens of graduates walk out in protest of Pence address Trudeau on tariff deal: Canadian and US businesses can get back to 'working constructively together' Congress has a duty to go through with the impeachment and public trial of President Trump MORE says he will look to George H.W. Bush’s tenure as former President Ronald Reagan’s second in command, he said on Wednesday.


“When I think of the kind of president that I'll be serving, I've been paying special attention to then vice president George Herbert Walker Bush,” Pence told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd Wednesday. “Because I think then, as now, that vice president had the opportunity to serve a leader who came to Washington, D.C. to bring transformational change. And they did it.”


Bush went on to serve as president himself after Reagan's second term.




Pence’s comments came the same day that Bush, 92, underwent a procedure to clear his airway. The former president is in stable condition, but is remaining in intensive care for observation, according to a spokesman.

“I think the way that he served President Reagan would be a manner in which I hope to serve this new transformational leader,” Pence said. “President-Elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE is coming to Washington, D.C. to change Washington, D.C., to restore America at home and abroad. And I hope to serve him as well and as effectively.”

Pence also expressed admiration for former Vice Presidents Dick Cheney and Dan Quayle, both of which played active roles in the administrations of George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, respectively.