The Republican vice presidential nominee took the stage after Ted Cruz's own remarks were met with major boos from the audience
The Indiana governor took the stage Wednesday night in Cleveland to support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after a full roster of famous Republicans, including Trump’s son Eric and former Trump opponents like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (via video) and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Throughout the night, Quicken Loans Arena was once again periodically filled with chants of “lock her up” in reference to presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
After being introduced by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan as “a man of solid character,” Pence opened his remarks by accepting the official vice presidential nomination.
“I am deeply humbled by your confidence,” he said, before repeating his preferred introduction as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.”
Pence alternately praised his running mate and criticized Clinton, who he called “America’s Secretary of the Status Quo.”
“Let’s resolve here and now that Hillary Clinton will never become president of the United States of America,” he said, promoting instead the “no-nonsense leadership of Donald Trump.”
“We will win the hearts of Americans with an agenda for a stronger and more prosperous America,” Pence promised.
The potential veep concluded his speech with his belief that, despite the bitter election and recent tumultuous events, America remains as united as ever.
“What unites us far exceeds anything that sets us apart in America,” he said. “We are, as we have always been, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
He continued: “We have come to another rendezvous with destiny and I have faith – faith in the balanced capacity of the American people and faith that God can still hear our land.”
After Pence’s remarks, Trump once again broke tradition and took the stage to stand with his running mate and wave to the crowd. He was spotted arriving at the arena earlier in the night, as Cruz began to lose the audience’s support.
Although Cruz received major boos as convention attendees noticed his lack of an outright endorsement for Trump, other speakers like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich were better received.
Gingrich quoted one of Cruz’s more noncommittal statements, saying, “You can vote your conscience for anyone who will uphold the Constitution,” but added, “There is only one candidate who will uphold the Constitution.”
Gingrich went on to claim that Trump is the only candidate able to voice “important truths about national security” and to address the threat of global terrorism.
“Donald Trump won our party’s nomination because he is willing to tell the truth about the things that matter,” he said. “[Trump and Pence] will put our safety first and they will defend America first.”
Eric Trump joined several other members of the Trump family in showing his support for his real estate mogul dad.
“You have once again taught us by example,” Eric told his father in his speech. “You are my hero, you are my best friend, you are the next president of the United States.”
Eric’s older brother Donald Jr. and younger half-sister Tiffany spoke about their father on Tuesday and older sister Ivanka will introduce Trump on Thursday’s final night of the convention. Trump’s wife Melania also gave a much talked-about speech on the first night of the political festivities.