Transcript for Charlotte Pence on helping prep her dad Mike Pence on women’s issues
political family, my heart goes out to the vice president’s daughter, Charlotte pence who shares how her dad taught her to rise above it all in her new book, “Where you go: Life lessons from my father.” Please welcome, my friend, Charlotte pence. It’s so nice to see you again. Nice to see you. Yes, and in this book, I’m so excited about it. Thank you. Your father is obviously vice president pence, and in this book you share some of the life lessons that he has taught you. What do you think is the most important thing he has taught you? Well, I mean, first off just speaking of awesome dads, I just want to offer my condolences to your family. I know you were raised by an amazing dad as well. So we have that in common. I think the most important thing that I hope comes across in the book is that my dad always taught us to follow our dreams, but not to forget our family or our faith along the way, and so to kind of bring those people that you love with you on your journey. So it’s probably the most important lesson I would say. Well, your dad has been in public office for 18 years now, and the country still is very much getting to know vice president pence. Give us a sense of who he is as a dad, the person that we don’t always see in front of cameras. Yeah. I mean, I think that, you know, I kind of wanted to show people the dad side of him I think, you know, and the lessons that he has taught me my whole life, and I hope that people can kind of be uplifted and inspired by those lessons and I hope that really anyone can kind of relate to these stories and can find something, some kind of meaning in them for sure. Yeah. As you know, it’s a tough time for this country. It is so divided and not everybody is happy with the trump administration. I can only imagine the hate that you get on social media. And you follow — I do, don junior and he fires it right back at people. Meghan and I understand this too being in a political family, and loving your dad so much and receiving a lot of the hate. You’re very classy about it though. Well, you know, honestly I think that I talk about this in the book a little bit, that my dad, you know, he — whenever we see protesters as events, he says, that’s what freedom looks like. We are kind of shown that, growing up that, you know, as a daughter, yeah. It’s hard to see negative things said about someone that you love, but as an American, it makes me really proud that the system is working the way that it’s supposed to work. It is what it is. You have to talk it. Even if the country wasn’t that divided, you would still get hate mail. That’s what it is. That’s all part of the public life, yeah. So you spent time with the trump family before your family decided to join the trump ticket. What do you see in him that I don’t see? Don’t sick that rabbit on me again. Last time she was here, she brought this vicious rodent, rabbit. Because I’m a Democrat and that rabbit knew it. He loves you. He loves you. Go ahead. No. I think that it was cool that when I was home for that summer when — in 2016 when all that was happening, I did get to meet the trumps and that was very important to my dad and my mom that I kind of got to know them as a family, and they have just been unbelievably kind to us, and really inclusive just to see them work together as a really strong family unit. It’s kind of been inspiring to me. They are kind of the opposite of your family though. I don’t know. I don’t think your father lives in a place with gold all over the place. That’s true. We did not grow up that way, no. You know, Charlotte, you worked on your dad’s campaign. I worked on my dad’s campaign. I think that’s why I look you so much. There are a lot of similarities with our relationships with our dads. You wrote speeches and helped him do debate prep. I can remember helping my dad with debate prep. One thing hard for me was addressing women’s issues. I know you helped your dad prep for women’s issues. What advice did you give him? Yeah, I did. One of the coolest things I got to do was help him with the vice presidential debate prep and when he was starting to kind of frame his arguments about the pro-life issue he was talking about a lot of policy points and legislation and I remember just telling him to speak from the heart and to really show the compassion that I know he has for both sides of that issue, and I think that he did that in a really effective way. That’s something people don’t understand about political families. You have got the operatives and they get bade to do their job, but it’s at the end of the day, about the family around them. The parent comes to you for advice. My dad always listened to me the most too though. It always made me feel so — I don’t know, empowered that he would always listen to me. My father totally ignored me. And I appreciated that. I want to talk about the — I’m sitting here with the three of you. It’s really, like, weird. That’s so good. You know? My dad’s a senator. My dad’s a vice president. My dad’s a truck driver, okay? So anyway, but I love this. There is one thing about your father. The pence rule we call it or you call it or somebody does because he says that to protect his marriage, he will not eat dinner alone. He has to be with your mother or some other chaperon of some sort. Yeah. Is that really true? I mean, even the pope sits with a woman once in awhile. Well, you know, growing up, I just always watched my parents really have this strong marriage that really worked for them, and so, you know, my dad always put my mom first no matter what, and so that was just something that I have — I hope to emulate one day, but he just always — I knew his relationship with my mom came above his relationship with anybody else and that’s where the pence rule came from. He didn’t have dinner alone, is what he said, with another woman? Not alone. I like the pence rule. I mean, my husband and I have talked about it too especially in this era and if you are public people. If you see a man — anyway. I like the pence rule. You were there with your father when you guys went to see “Hamilton” and the cast came out and they made a statement about your father. What were you thinking when that was happening? Yeah. That was an interesting experience, and my dad and I really grew up — I write about this in the book. We grew up going to Broadway shows together so I was definitely not really expecting that kind of a response, but I think I just have such a passion for story-telling and the arts and I think that they are a great way to start the conversation, and important conversations. So, you know, our dinner table was always very open ground for everyone’s opinion, and so I think that that was just another way that I was kind of learning to be on the receiving end of that conversation for the first time. Was your father upset about it? No. His response was very classy. One of the classiest responses I have seen to something like that. The last time you were on here, you brought your bunny, Marlon bundo who inspired your children’s book, but as you released it, John Oliver put out a competing book about a male bunny who falls in love with another male bunny coming after your father’s views on homosexuality. I bought his book because I wanted to support those charities to, and I think when you are in the public eye, you know, you have to kind of be ready for any kind of reaction or attention that way. I was surprised by it, but at the end of the day, I mean, we have two books about my bunny giving money to charity. It’s not a negative thing in my mind. That’s sweet. Yeah. You don’t like the bunny, joy. That bunny is vicious. Whether it’s gay or straight, that bunny is vicious. It bit you. It bit you. You see? That bunny is — They have ticks. That bunny is cute, whatever. Charlotte, thank you so much for coming on. Thank you for having me. Her book, “Where you go: Life lessons from my father,” is available right now.
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