Pence: ‘The choice couldn’t be more clear’

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( – “Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence told the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. “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 said he joined the Trump campaign “in a heartbeat” because “we play to win.” And then he laid out the choices facing the American people.

“You know, the choice couldn’t be more clear. Americans can elect someone who literally personifies the failed establishment in Washington, D.C., or we can choose a leader who will fight every day to make America great again. It’s change versus status quo. And my fellow Republicans, when Donald Trump becomes president of the United States of America, the change will be huge.”

Pence also reached out to Americans who feel like Democrats have taken them for granted:

“It’s union members who don’t want a president who promises to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business. Those miners want an American energy policy and they know that Donald Trump digs coal.

“It’s African Americans, who remember generations of hollow promises about safe streets and better schools, and they know Donald Trump will fight for equal opportunity. And he loves educational choice.

“And it’s Hispanic Americans, who respect the law, want jobs and opportunities for their families, who know that Donald Trump will uphold the law and get this economy moving for every American.”

Pence accused the Democrat Party of abandoning those it once protected. “Maybe they’ve become too entrenched in power, so comfortable at times that they lose patience with the normal legislative process. It’s so much simpler to impose their values by executive order or court action. And make no mistake about it, Hillary Clinton has some big ideas along those lines, too.”

Pence urged Americans to think “very carefully” about an election that will define the Supreme Court for the next 40 years.

“Elect Hillary Clinton and you better get used to being subject to unelected judges using unaccountable power to take unconstitutional actions. So let me say, for the sake of the rule of law, for the sake of the sanctity of life, for the sake of our Second Amendment and for the sake of all our other God-given liberties, we must ensure that the next president appointing justices to the Supreme Court is Donald Trump.”

At the end of his speech, Pence again returned to “choice.”

“My fellow Americans, I believe we have come to another rendezvous with destiny. And I have faith, faith in the boundless capacity of the American people and faith that God can still heal our land. But we have a choice to make. This is another time for choosing.

“If you want a president who will protect this nation, confront radical Islamic terrorism and rid the world of ISIS, if you want a president who will restore law and order to this country and give law enforcement the support and resources they deserve, if you want a president who will cut taxes, grow our economy and squeeze every nickel out of the federal bureaucracy–

“If you want a president who will build strong borders and enforce our laws, and if you want a president who will upend the status quo in Washington, D.C. and appoint justices to the Supreme Court who will uphold the Constitution– we have but one choice, and that man is ready, this team is ready, our party is ready.”

— Written by Susan Jones