The Indiana governor formally accepted Trump's invitation to serve alongside him in his presidential campaign

By Andrea Park
July 16, 2016 12:45 PM
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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence officially accepted Donald Trump‘s invitation to serve as the real estate mogul’s vice president in a speech in New York City on Saturday.

After being introduced by Trump as a “solid, solid person” and a “man of honor, character and honesty,” Pence took the stage to enthusiastic applause and began by accepting Trump’s invitation with humility and “a grateful heart.”

“Donald Trump is a good man and he will make a great president of the United States,” Pence said. “Donald Trump understands the frustrations and the hopes of the American people like no president since Ronald Reagan.”

Pence went on to speak about his upbringing in a small town in Indiana.

“I’m a pretty basic guy,” he said. “I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.”

He shared that although his early heroes were progressive icons like Democrat John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., he later became “inspired” by Ronald Reagan and entered politics as a Republican.

Pence drew from his own experiences as governor and a state representative to explain the need for “the no-nonsense leadership of Donald J. Trump.”

“Strong Republican leadership can bring about real change,” he said, pointing to Indiana’s $2 billion surplus and the part he played in regaining Republican control of Congress in 2010.

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Pence ended his speech with a strong endorsement of his running mate.

“On the world stage, Donald Trump will lead from strength, he will rebuild the arsenal of democracy, stand with our allies and hunt down and destroy the enemies of freedom,” he said. “Join us for the sake of our security, for the sake of our prosperity, for the sake of a Supreme Court that will never turn its back on our God-given liberties.”

Trump announced his VP pick in a tweet on Friday morning, to which Pence soon replied that he was “honored” to join Trump’s campaign.

Earlier this week, Trump spoke about his ideal running mate, saying, “I want to pick somebody who is very good. I want to pick somebody who is solid, who’s smart. I’m not looking for an attack dog.”

He added, “Frankly, I’m looking for somebody who really understands what we are talking about because I’d rather have the whole thing be on policy. People think of me as an attacker, but I’d rather be talking about policy.”

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