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Pence vows to deliver a conservative wish list

Pence vows to deliver a conservative wish list
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Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceLoeffler to return to campaign trail following second negative COVID-19 test Loeffler to continue to self-isolate after conflicting COVID-19 test results Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection MORE told a crowd of conservative donors on Tuesday night that the Trump administration is committed to delivering on some of its most ambitious campaign promises during their first 100 days in office.

Speaking at President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE’s newly opened luxury hotel in Washington, D.C., Pence told conservatives at a Heritage Foundation fundraiser that the incoming administration believes it has a mandate to govern conservatively.

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“We truly believe our president-elect secured a mandate for leadership,” Pence said. “Thirty of 50 states won. More counties won since Ronald Reagan was a Republican candidate in 1984. It was a historic victory, and it was a victory born of ideas.”

Pence promised an immediate roll-back of President Obama’s executive actions.

“Right out of the box you’ll see the president-elect get out that pen and repeal every unconstitutional executive order that President Obama signed,” he said.

The administration’s other top priority is to repeal ObamaCare “lock, stock and barrel,” Pence said, telling the crowd that he has been working fervently with lawmakers and members of the business community to dismantle President Obama’s signature legislative achievement with “deliberate speed.”

A system of “free market reforms that reduce the cost of healthcare without growing the size of government” is in the works, Pence said. He also promised reforms that would block-grant Medicaid back to the states.

Also in the administration’s first 100 days, Pence said that lawmakers on Capitol Hill would produce a supplemental funding bill to “rebuild our military and restore our arsenal of democracy.”

“The Obama era of weakening our national defenses is over,” Pence said to huge applause.

He similarly promised early actions to “reform and reset the regulatory state”; reduce taxes for individuals and business alike; and pick a Supreme Court nominee in the vein of the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death in February has left eight justices on the bench for most of 2016.

“We’ve got work to do,” Pence said.

For many of the donors, activists and politicians on hand — GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) and Heritage president Jim DeMint were among those in attendance — Pence’s speech was a victory lap for the suddenly powerful conservative think tank.

Trump relied heavily on the Heritage Foundation during the general election to shape his list of Supreme Court justices, his tax plan and other key policies that conservatives swooned over.

Trump’s ties to the conservative group helped alleviate concerns many Republicans harbored about his commitment to their cause and helped to energize the base of grassroots supporters who were thrilled by his campaign promises.

Those in attendance paid handsomely to hear Pence speak and for a plate in the opulent presidential ballroom at Trump’s five-star hotel, which isn't far from the White House.

Trump only cut the ribbon on the refurbished Old Post Office building in October, and his critics have accused him of using the presidency — and events like those here on Tuesday night — to pump-up his brand.