Earlier this evening, Indiana Governor Mike Pence delivered his speech at the Republican National Convention and formally accepted his nomination as Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate. Pence is well-known in Republican circles as a conservative stalwart, especially on social issues, though he is largely unknown to the greater public.
Here is Pence’s full acceptance speech, with House Speaker Paul Ryan giving an introduction:
Report from ABCNews:
Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, introduced himself to the Republican National Convention — and to Americans elsewhere — as a “a Christian, a Conservative and a Republican” and said that the presidential nominee “gets it.”
“I am deeply humbled by your confidence, and on behalf of my family here and gone, I accept your nomination to run and serve as Vice President of the United States of America,” Pence told the crowd.
Tonight’s speech comes six days after Trump announced that Pence was his vice presidential pick via Twitter.
“Honestly I never thought I’d be standing here. I thought I’d be spending this evening with all my friends from the great state of Indiana,” he said
Pence got a few laughs early on in his speech, noting some of the obvious question marks that came along with his selection: how different he is from Trump and his lack of national profile.
“You know, he’s a man known for his large personality, a colorful style, and lots of charisma, and so, well, I guess he was looking for someone to balance the ticket,” Pence said.
“Well, for those of you who don’t know me, which is most of you, I grew up on the front row of the American dream.”
Pence’s speech came off quite naturally and seemed to be a very uniting moment of the convention, something that was sorely needed after Ted Cruz was nearly booed off the stage for not fully endorsing Trump in his earlier speech. Pence is a decent speaker and has a “folksy” charm that connects with people. He came off as the “adult” in the room, another attribute which bodes well in persuading any “Never Trump” holdouts within the GOP.
Donald Trump himself will take the stage on Thursday night and accept the Republican nomination which will bring the convention to a close. The Democratic National Convention kicks off next week.