WINK at RNC: Mike Pence accepts GOP nomination to be VP

Reporter: Chris Cifatte
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CLEVELAND (AP) – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence accepted the Republican nomination to be vice president Wednesday night though he said he never thought he’d be standing on the stage at his party’s national convention.

Pence joked that running mate Donald Trump is charismatic and must have been looking for balance in choosing him and used much of his speech to tell his life story.

He paid tribute to his mother in the audience and said his dad would be surprised at the nomination if he were still alive.

“You have nominated a man for president who never quits,” Pence said. “Until now, he’s had to do it all by himself against all odds, but this week, with this united party, he’s got backup.”

Trump joined Pence on stage, applauding his new political partner and humorously leaning in to nearly give him a kiss on the cheek.

The campaign had hoped Pence’s address would quiet Republican doubts about Trump. Unlike the celebrity businessman, Pence is an experienced politician, favorite of conservatives and ally of party leaders.

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