Pence: Trump will upend status quo, uphold Constitution

Posted August 4, 2016
Updated August 5, 2016

— Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is more fit to be president than the current occupant of the White House and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, said Thursday in Raleigh.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for Republicans to withdraw their support for Trump, saying he is "woefully unprepared" and is "unfit" to lead the United States.

"Barack Obama knows a lot about being woefully unprepared to be president," Pence said during a town hall-style campaign stop at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Saying "weakness arouses evil," Pence blasted Obama's and Clinton's foreign policy during her time as secretary of state, saying their decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq laid the groundwork for the rise of Islamic State forces and an expansion of terrorist attacks.

"We can't have four more years of apologizing to and accommodating the demands of enemies of our freedom," he told a cheering audience. "Donald Trump will stand up for the security of the American people. He will confront those who threaten us."

He also criticized the domestic policies under Obama, noting the U.S. economy continues to struggle while the economies of Indiana and North Carolina have thrived under the leadership of Pence and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

"The American people are tired of hearing this is as good as it gets," Pence said. "It's not the best we can do; it's the best (Democratic leaders) can do."

During his hour-long appearance, Pence answered questions about voter ID, government spending and health care for veterans, among others. An 11-year-old boy also asked whether Pence's role in a Trump administration would be to soften the stances of his frequently bombastic running mate.

"I couldn't be more proud to stand with Donald Trump," Pence told the boy.

Later, in a brief interview with WRAL News, he boiled down the differences between himself and Trump as one of style, not substance.

"Clearly, Donald Trump and I have different styles, but we have exactly the same goals and exactly the same vision," he said, dismissing concerns expressed by several big-name Republicans who have refused to support Trump.

"Donald Trump has connected with everyday Americans more than any other leader in my lifetime since Ronald Reagan," he said. "While some politicians might not be comfortable with his particular style from time to time, the American people hear this man – they hear his heart, they hear his mind – and they know he's going to provide the kind of strong leadership that millions of Americans have been longing to see."

Pence characterized Trump during the town hall as "a doer in a game usually reserved for talkers," one who understands the frustrations of regular people and isn't afraid to stand up to criticism and fight for change. Meanwhile, Clinton "literally personifies a failed establishment," Pence said.

"If you want a president who will upend the status quo in Washington, D.C., and uphold the Constitution of the United States of American, I say this, we have but one choice," he told the crowd. "I believe America is ready to elect Donald Trump."

Pence's appearance came less than 24 hours after Clinton's vice presidential nominee, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, held a rally in Greensboro as the campaigns jockey for position in what is expected to be one of the tightest races nationwide this fall. Former President Bill Clinton is expected to attend private fundraisers in Raleigh and Durham on Friday.

It also marked Pence's first solo foray into North Carolina after stops with Trump in Winston-Salem and Charlotte a week ago. Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest spoke to the Raleigh audience before Pence, but Gov. Pat McCrory didn't attend the event.


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  • Skip Harris Aug 5, 1:20 p.m.
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    You are a mind reader as well? That is very impressive indeed! Maybe you should run for president! You could fix everything with your cutting wit and obviously superior intelligence.

  • Tom Marthers Aug 5, 10:31 a.m.
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    I agree with Ronald Woodard who commented here on this article. Not to mention she LIED, Flat out LIED about the email scandal, LIED to FBI, about the emails. Then the DNC becomes a SCANDAL, and she hires the very person who sent MORE emails Debbie Schultz, BUT the Democratic People are BLINDED, Neither one is better than the other, but as least you see what you get with TRUMP, instead of Lying Hillary Clinton.

  • Lance Boyle Aug 5, 10:19 a.m.
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    Skip, it is the Trump voters that are playing a dangerous game and you know it.

  • Skip Harris Aug 5, 8:32 a.m.
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    It scares me somewhat if you are serious. It sounds as if you are treating politics as a game of dungeons and dragons. Maybe you should stay in your parents basement and stick to DnD

  • Charlie Watkins Aug 5, 8:23 a.m.
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    The die is cast.

    Hillary Clinton's coattails will sweep many Democrats into office who thought they had zero chance. Trump will continue to fall in the polls and all GOP hopes will disappear.

    Give credit to Pres Obama for defeating the GOP over the past 8 years. Hillary Clinton is reaping the benefits of his mastery at dealing the final blow to the GOP.

  • Matt Nickeson Aug 4, 7:19 p.m.
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    I guess that mean definitely no voting for Hillary then. Gary Johnson maybe?

  • Ronald Woodard Aug 4, 6:54 p.m.
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    Trump with his flaws is hardly in Hillary's league. Trump has made some comments he should not have and also should have not responded concerning Mr Khan, even though Mr Khan's comments about immigration and religion were incorrect. Yes Hillary didn't just misspeak in a response with a soldier's parents, her actions caused the death of those men and Ambassador, then she lied about the incident claiming the incident was because of a video, and then lied to the parents of those killed, and her lie was also done to keep the truth from the American people just before a Presidential election.....speaking of elections, instead of scolding she hires Debbie Wasserman-Schultz who tried to also steal an election from Bernie. Sanders. Then we have the lies about the server and why she initially used it and she lied directly to Congress about it.

  • Stacie Hagwood Aug 4, 6:13 p.m.
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    I can't help but wonder: does he really believe what he is saying?

  • Lance Boyle Aug 4, 6:07 p.m.
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    Trump caught in a lie today about the video he said he saw, his campaign is correcting him. but he lies he lies he lies. I think he is a liar. cant vote for a liar right?

  • Lance Boyle Aug 4, 6:00 p.m.
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    Grown men in here that would fight if Trump said the things to their wives he says to ppl and they will still vote for him. Nothing but dust for brains.