Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for a second term as vice president and President Donald Trump’s running mate during the Republican National Convention, which this year is largely being held as a made-for-TV virtual event due to COVID-19.
During his speech, Pence attacked Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, as a “trojan horse for the radical left” and as being wrong on domestic and international policy as well as a threat to “life and liberty.”
Pence said that a Biden victory would set the United States on a “path to socialism” and must be defeated in the Nov. 3 general election.
Pence also condemned the riots and violence taking place in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the Sunday police shooting of Jacob Blake. Pence offered his unequivocal support for American law enforcement.
“Let me be clear: the violence must stop – whether in Minneapolis, Portland, or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died defending our freedoms to see Americans strike each other down,” Pence said.
The vice president expressed support for the right to peacefully protest, but added, “We will have law and order on the streets of America for every American of every race, and creed and color.”
Pence said that unlike the Democratic ticket, he and the president unequivocally support men and women in uniform.
“We will stand with those who stand on the thin blue line, and we’re not going to defund the police — not now, not ever,” Pence said.
Pence also defended the White House coronavirus task force which he heads. Pence commended the White House effort to fight the virus and find a vaccine as the “greatest mobilization since World War II.” Pence said there are 800,000 daily tests and tremendous efforts are underway to fast-track an effective vaccine.
“Last week, Joe Biden said ‘no miracle is coming.’ What Joe doesn’t seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles,” Pence said. “We’re on track to have the world’s first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year.”
Pence acknowledged that the global pandemic has hurt the economy over the last six months but went on to promise that four more years of Trump/Pence, “Will make America great again, again.”
Former State Rep. Perry Hooper Jr., R-Montgomery, is a member of the Trump Victory Committee and the Alabama Republican Executive Committee.
“Another Awesome Night of Heart and Emotion!,” Hooper said in a statement. “Vice President Mike Pence’s Nomination Acceptance Speech should be characterized as All American. It was a powerful address of God, Freedom, Liberty and the American Flag. The VP said, the election is not about liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, the choice is if America remains to be America. And he is absolutely right. VP Pence stated that America is at a crossroads, Joe Biden is on the path of socialism and President Trump is on the path of Freedom. And that is a fact!”
Voters will be able to go to the polls on Nov. 3 and choose between Trump and Biden.