AUDREY Pence, daughter of the US Vice President, is on the Democrat side of politics, speaks Arabic and is studying journalism.

The 21-year-old is the youngest of the three children of deeply conservative Mike Pence, a born-again Christian who opposes same-sex marriage and abortion.

But surprisingly rebel Audrey — currently in Australia with her older sister Charlotte, their mother Karen and the vice-president on his South East Asia tour — is encouraged to have her own views.

Ms Pence admitted to TV network WTHR in Indiana, where Mr Pence was governor before being appointed Vice President in January — that she voted “liberal”, which in the US is the left side of politics.

She told WTHR she identified as “politically independent” and “socially liberal”. While she did vote for her father when he was running for governor of Indiana, she had voted liberal on a “split ticket”, but said her father didn’t mind.

“Probably the person I get the most respect from is my dad on that and he has always … he tells me so many times, ‘I am proud of you for having your own opinions and looking into things’,” she told WTHR.

Audrey has been studying international relations at Northeastern University in the majority Democrat city of Boston in Massachusetts state, won by Hillary Clinton in last year’s US election.

Ms Pence has lived in both Jordan and Turkey.

While in Turkey, she wrote stories about the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, when Ottoman Turks killed approximately 1.5 million Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, and others.

The Republic of Turkey, a close ally of both the US and Australia, denies that the crime was a genocide. An article, ‘An American Journalist in Turkey’, written for Northeastern University, said that Audrey Pence “has been inter­ested in learning more about the world … one mech­a­nism she has used to get to know dif­ferent people and places is journalism”.

Now an “international affairs major” in the class of 2017 at Northeastern, she has worked at the Fuller Project for Inter­na­tional Reporting to chronicle the “under-represented role of women” in the Middle East.

Audrey Pence has contributed stories to CNN, The New York Times and Elle Magazine.

In contrast, her father is considered a far-right conservative who once said being gay was a choice, and that “societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family”.

Pence has also suggested that federal money used to fund research on HIV/AIDS should instead be used for gay aversion therapy.

His words were the funds should be diverted to programs that “provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behaviour”.

In contrast, Audrey Pence’s view of the world is anything but narrow.

Talking about the Middle East for her university’s online media site News@Northeastern, Ms Pence described her experiences in the Middle East.

“I’ve talked to a lot of people who are for­eign offi­cers and seen the work they do and many have said they are all very much gen­er­al­ists rather than spe­cial­ists,” she said.

“Something I really identify with … [is] being able to take dif­ferent lessons from all around the world and applying them.”

Audrey’s older brother Michael is studying to be a pilot, and her sister, Charlotte, is also an independent thinker.

Charlotte Pence is a filmmaker who has directed a documentary about mental illness, For the Records, and the Emmy award-winning Fleeced, which attacked elder financial abuse.

But far from their diverse views dividing them, the Pences appear to be a very close family.

Mike Pence frequently posts photographs on his Twitter or Instagram account of his family, including old photographs of his children when they were young.

On his wedding anniversary to Karen, a schoolteacher, Pence posted a photograph of them as newlyweds and wrote, “Celebrating 31 incredible years of marriage with my wife, Karen.”

The more recent photographs of the Pences show a relaxed and happy family comfortable in each other’s company.

One activity Audrey and her father do have in common is shooting, and Mike Pence has praised his youngest child’s ability, saying she is a “pretty good” shot.

The Instagram account of Audrey Pence is private but on Charlotte’s Instagram page can be seen frequent displays of affection and witty exchanges between the sisters.

While on tour with the Vice President, Audrey, Charlotte and Karen Pence appear to have enjoyed the different experiences of being in Japan, South Korea and now Australia.

The three Pence women were photographed in Sydney on Saturday taking time out to relax and enjoy the city.


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