Vice President Mike Pence is no stranger to addressing the crowd at CPAC. During his tenure as a legislator, Pence has given nine speeches and has long been considered a rock star in the Conservative movement. Tonight’s tone and tenor was different and matched Pence’s new role as Vice President. He vigorously defended the new administration and pledged that the Republican vision for America would become a reality. “Over at the White House, I like to say we’re in the promise-keeping business these days,” Pence stated as the crowd roared.
Vice President Pence began his speech with a few jokes about how different his temperament is from President Trump. "You know, I'm a small town guy. He's big city. I'm Midwest, he's Manhattan Island. He's known for his bigger than life personality, his charm, and his charisma. And I'm, like, not," the Vice President laughed. But, he then shared how his friendship with Trump has deepened and even compared the President to the great Ronald Reagan. “It is the greatest privilege of my life to be Vice President to a leader of such conviction, vision, and courage,” Pence said.
The Vice President went on to reassure the crowd that this administration’s cabinet that includes, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, was the most conservative he has witnessed in his lifetime.
While Pence took a brief stroll down memory lane recounting the resounding victory of his ticket on Election Day, he was quick to point out that the difficult work for the movement, begins now. “The most important work now lies ahead,” Pence said. "The other side is not sitting idle, and their allies in the media are more than willing to amplify their defense of the failed status quo every single day.” He encouraged conservatives to stay engaged and become involved in all levels of the government.
Pence then took aim at favorite White House targets: the establishment and the media. "What they should have learned on Election Day is this is not a government of the elites, by the media, or for the establishment," stated Pence, "What November 8th showed, even if they didn't listen, is that this is still government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
The Vice President went on to reaffirm the administration’s commitment to the promises made during the campaign, namely ending illegal immigration and repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. "This failed law is crippling the American economy and crushing the American people," Pence said. "Talk about your fake news, folks. Just look at all the promises liberals made about Obamacare." He went on to promise, “America’s Obamacare nightmare is about to end.”
The speech concluded with an anecdote of the Vice President being sworn in by Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas. The Bible that was used during the ceremony reminded him of a piece of Scripture that he shared as a metaphor for this administration, “If his people, who are called by his name, will humble themselves and pray — [God will] hear them from heaven, and he’ll heal this land,” Pence said.
President Trump is scheduled to address CPAC tomorrow at 10:00 am EST.