CLEVELAND — Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence talked up Donald Trump’s credentials and took on the role of Hillary Clinton attack dog in his acceptance speech here last night, portraying Democrats as the tired has-beens.
“This is the outsider, my running mate, who turned a long- shot campaign into a movement,” Pence said. “Over in the other party, if the idea was to present the exact opposite of a political outsider … they outdid themselves this time.
“At the very moment when America is crying out for something new and different, the other party has answered with a stale agenda and the most predictable of names,” Pence added, dubbing Clinton the “Secretary of the Status Quo.”
After the speech, Pence was greeted by Trump himself, who awkwardly appeared to air kiss his forehead.
Pence was also joined by his family, including his mother, who he also paid tribute to in his speech.
Delegates here welcomed the Indiana governor to the Trump ticket as a running mate who could help unite the party — drawing in many who may have felt alienated by Trump’s bluster on the stump and his rejection of social conservatism.
“He brings his steady conservative Christian values and hopefully he’ll bring in more people like that to surround himself with that good advice on the decisions that he needs to make,” said Carolyn McLarty, a delegate from Oklahoma.
She also liked that Trump didn’t double-down on his brash personality with his veep choice.
“I don’t think he’ll be competing with Trump for the spotlight,” she added of Pence.
Some Republicans said Pence could help Trump work with Congress.
“I think Mike has done a great job for what he’s been doing,” said Texas delegate Adolpho Telles. “I think he’s been very low-key. I think he’s got a good reputation. I gotta believe that because of his experience that he brings in some congressional experience, knowing how to work with people, how to get a coalition, how to get things done.”
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