Donald Trump formally announced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate at their first joint appearance on Saturday.
Trump was slated to announce his Pence as his running mate on Friday but that event was delayed after the the terrorist attack in Nice, France. He tweeted
“I want to also address the Islamic terror attack in France. We’ve witnessed horror beyond belief no matter where you look,” Trump said speaking about the increase in terrorist attacks. He mentioned the attempted coup in Turkey that occurred on Friday, but stayed away from taking on stance on the situation.
Trump slammed Clinton’s foreign policy, blaming her for the instability in the Middle East and the rise of ISIS. “She led [President Obama] right down a horrible path, he didn’t know what he was doing,” Trump said. “Every single thing they touched has turned to horrible, horrible death defying problems,” he said.
His speech focused on trade policies, foreign policy, religious liberty, and the economy while attacking Clinton and the Democratic Party.
After Trump announced he chose Pence as his running mate reports surfaced that Trump tried to get out of choosing Pence. However, Trump addressed those reports saying, “Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was my first choice. I’ve admired the work he’s done, especially in Indiana,” Trump said praising Pence.
“One of the reasons is part of unity, I have to be honest, so many people have said ‘party unity’ because I’m an outsider,” Trump said.
Trump discussed Pence’s record in the Congress and as governor of Indiana.
“I thank Donald Trump for the confidence you’ve placed in us. And I accept your invitation to run and serve as the Vice President of America,” Pence said. “Donald Trump is a good man and he will make a great president of the United States of American,” he added
“The American people are tired. We’re tired of being told that this is as good as it gets,” Pence said. “Donald Trump understands the American people,” he added.
“I fought every single day for tax payers and fiscal responsibility while I was in the Congress of the United States,” Pence said speaking about his career and fighting against the establishment and President Obama’s policies.
“Indiana works because Republican policies work every time you put them into practice,” Pence said discussing his economic policies and the results of those polices.
“The choice could not be more clear and the stakes could not be higher,” Pence said as he discussed why he chose joined the ticket. “We cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends,” he added.
Pence ended his comments by calling for Republicans to rally behind Trump to stop the Clinton in the general election.