Governor of Indiana and Donald Trump’s running mate, has officially accepted the Republican Party’s nomination to be Vice President.
In his first major address since being tapped for the job, Mike Pence made the case to elect Trump, denouncing the candidacy of Hillary Clinton as a continuation of the Barack Obama Presidency.
The third night of the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio also saw an appearance by former presidential rival Senator Ted Cruz who failed to endorse the party’s nominee.
Trump first jetted in and then took a short helicopter ride to the convention where he was met by his Vice Presidential pick, who would later accept his party’s nomination.
Pence says, “I accept your nomination to run and serve as Vice President of the United States of America. Now if you know anything about ‘hoosiers’, you know we love to suit up and compete. We play to win that’s why I joined this campaign in a heartbeat.”
“You have nominated a man for president who never quits, who never backs down, a fighter, a winner, until now he’s had to do it all by himself against all odds, but this week with this united party, he’s got back up and on November 8 I know we will elect Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States.”
If you love our country and love your children as much as I know you do, stand, and speak
The former Congressman and current Governor of Indiana is seen as placating establishment Republicans concerned with Donald Trump’s lack of bona fide conservative credentials.
“You know the American people are tired of being told, they’re tired of being told this is as good as it gets. And as Ronald Reagan used to say they’re tired of being told that a little intellectual elite in a distant capital can plan our lives better for us than we can plan them for ourselves. In the end this election comes down to just two names on the ballot, so let’s resolve here and now that Hillary Clinton will never become President of the United States of America.”
Former presidential candidate and rival Senator Ted Cruz, who also addressed the convention, was booed off stage when he failed to endorse the nominee, despite Trump being in the arena.
“If you love our country and love your children as much as I know you do, stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”
Trump will make a fourth and final appearance at this convention Thursday night when he will officially accept his party’s nomination for President.
It will cap off a lengthy primary season in which he confounded most analysts that predicted this day would never come and in true Trump fashion it promises to be an occasion for for the history books or as the presumptive nominee might put it, just an incredible night.