Pence drops State of State sections over time

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he dropped some parts from his State of the State speech because he was running out of time.

The television broadcast allows a half hour for the governor's annual address, and Pence tells The Associated Press that as he neared the end of Tuesday night's speech he realized all of his prepared address wouldn't make it.

Pence omitted a section recalling a speech President Ronald Reagan gave to the Indiana General Assembly in which he supported the federal government giving more leeway to states.

Pence also skipped remarks in which he called the deadly Newtown, Conn., school shooting "every parent's worst nightmare" but said gun control isn't the answer. Pence's prepared speech said, "We will protect our kids, and we will protect our rights."

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