Vice presidential nominee Indiana Gov. Mike Pence headlines the Republican National Convention Wednesday night where the theme is “Make America First Again.”
The Republican National Committe said the night’s theme is how a Trump administration would restore America’s standing as a “beacon of progress and opportunity.”
Trump takes the stage.
Pence’s family joins him and the acknowledge the convention crowd, after Trump makes a brief appearance by his side.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence
“I am deeply humbled by your confidence,” as he accepts the vice presidential nomination.
He said, “I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.”
Referring to Trump, he said, “He’s a man known for a large personality, alot of chraisma...I guess he was just looking for some balance on the ticket.”
He said his late father would be “pretty surprised” at his nomination and introduced his mother as “the light of my life.”
He introduces his “wonderful wife” Karen Pence.
The most “important job I will ever have is spelled D.A.D,” he said.
“You have nominated a man for president who never quits, who never backs down, a fighter, a winner. Up until now he has had to do it all alone but this week with this party he’s got backup.”
Pence said, “We’ll win because we’re running on the issues facing this country.”
“Let’s resolve that Hillary Clinton will never become president of the United States of America,” he said, saying Clinton would mean four more years of President Barack Obama’s policies of “more taxes, more regulation and more government.”
He said, “They’re telling us this economy is the best we can do. It’s nowhere near the best that we can do. It’s only the best that they can do.”
He said, “Donald Trump gets it. He’s the genuine article. He’s a doer, in a game usually reserved for talkers.”
Pence praised Trump’s kids, in the audience. “As we say back home, you can’t fake good kids. How about his amazing children, aren’t they something?” he said.
‘The party in power seems helpless in figuring out our nominee and the media has the same problem...the man just doesn’t quit. He’s tough, he perseveres...he’s never turned his back on the working men and women who make this country grow.”
He called Clinton “secretary of the status quo...who personifies the failed establishment of Washington, D.C....it’s change versus status quo.” He said when Trump becomes president ‘the change wil be huge.”
Pence said, “This election will define the Supreme Court for the next 40 years. We all should think very carefully about what it means for our Constitution.”
Appealing to African-Americans and Latinos, he said Trump will “get this economy moving again for every American.”
The Democrats, he said “have abandoned those they used to protect.”
“History teaches us that weakness arouses evil...we cannot have four more years apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends.”
“America needs to be strong for the world to be safe and on the world stage Donald Trump will lead from strength.”
He added: “We will win the hearts and minds of the American people with an agenda for a stronger and more prosperous America.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan introduces Indiana Gov. Mike Pence
“This man is a Reagan conservative through and through. Pro-life, gro-growth and pro-defense.”
“My fellow Republicans the man you have nominated is a man of faith, a man of conviction, he is a man you can trust. He comes from the heart of the Conservative movement and the heart of America.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
Gingrich said he is pleased at Donald Trump’s efforts to “bring the party together” inviting former rivals to speak at the convention.
Gingrich, introduced by his wife, Callista Gingrich, addressed Cruz’s non-endorsement at the start of his speech.
“I think you misunderstood one paragraph,” he said. “Ted Cruz said you can vote your conscience for anyone who upholds the Constitution. In this election, there’s only one candidate who’s going to uphold the Constitution.”
Referring to Cruz’s comment about voting your conscience, he said, “To paraphrase Ted Cruz, if you want to protect the Constitution of the United States “the only possible” vote is for the Trump/Pence ticket.
Switching to the issue of terrorism. Gingrich urged American not to “go numb” to the atrocities: “Donald Trump is right, we are at war with radical Islam, we must win the war and we must change the course to win the war.”
He warned terrorists with weapons of mass destruction could attack U.S. cities. “Instead of losing 3,000 people, we could lose 300,000 people,” he said. “We are sleep walking through history as if this is all about politics. It’s not.”
“Every American should be terrorized at prospect” of a Hillary Clinton presidency.
He urged people to “reject the suicidal dishonesty” of Hillary Clinton. “Together we can make America great again.”
“My father made the courageous decision to set aside a company to which he has dedicated his entire life....for him it was the easiest decision in the world.”
Trump said his father told Oprah Winfrey he would run for president “only if it got so bad that I had no choice. Well, ladies and gentleman, that day has come.”
He said, “Today, I see in his eyes a man who truly loves his country, is proud of his country and truly wants his country to be great again.”
“It’s time for a president with common sense, it’s time for a president who understands the art of deal and appreciates the value of a dollar, our tax dollars. It’s time for a president who has always been the one who signed the front of the check, not the back.”
“I want to thank my father over there for the life he has provided me.”
Charity is “the barometer” for which we will be “measured by.”
He runs a foundation “based on the values my father has taught me.”
“To whom much is given, much is required, this is the very belief that compelled my father to” run for president.
“My father is running for you,” he said as he cited teachers, laborers, those in the middle-class who can’t make mortgage payments and others.
“Vote for the candidate who has never received a paycheck from our government...who can’t be bought sold...coerced, initimidated or steered from the path that is right, just and true.”
“Vote for the one candidate who does not need this job...never have I been more proud to be a Trump.”
10 p.m. — Convention arena is darkened.
Music plays, Donald Trump enters.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
“I want to congratulate Donald Trump for winning the nomination last night. And like each of you I want to see the principles of our party prevail in November.”
The former presidential candidate has not endorsed Trump heading into Wednesday.
Referring to slain Dallas police officer Michael Smith, he said “He protected the very protesters who mocked him because he loved his country and his fellow man.”
“What if this is right now is our last time, our last moment to do something for our families and our country?”
“We’re fighting not for one particular candidate or one campaign,” he said, adding he wants to be able to tell his children that “we did our best for their future
“America is a powerful idea. Freedom matters,” he said.
“Freedom means free speech, not politically correct safe spaces. Freedom, means religious freedom, whether you’re Christian or Jew, Muslim or atheists,” Cruz said.
“We stand here a nation divided...we have to do better. We owe our fallen heros more than that.”
‘There is a profound difference in our two parties’ vision for the future. “Their’s is a party that thinks ISIS is a JV team...that thinks it possible to make a deal with Iran, which has as its holiday ‘Death to America’ day.
“Barack Obama is a man who wants do everything backwards...he exports jobs and imports terrorists. Enough is enough.”
“Hillary Clinton believes government should make every choice in your life...all dictated out of Washington. But something powerful is happening. We’ve seen it in both parties...the unprecedented Brexit vote to leave the European Union....voters are overwhemly rejecting the political establishment and overwhelmingly reject big government.”
“We deserve leaders who stand for principals, who unite us all behind shared values, who cast aside anger for love. That is the standard we should expect from anybody.”
“Please don’t stay home in November,” he said, without telling voters to cast their ballots for Trump even as the crowd booed.
“The case we have to make to the American people...is to commit to each of them that we will defend freedom and be faithful to the constitution. We will unite the party, we will united the country...by standing for liberty.”
Cruz did not endorse Trump and said voters should vote their conscience.
“To those listening, please don’t stay home in November. If you love your country, love... vote your conscience, be faithful to your conscience,” he said ask the crowd booed and yelled “We want Trump, we want Trump.”
At one point motioned to the front of the audience. “I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation,” he said.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio
In a taped speech, Rubio, one of Trump’s rivals, said Clinton was part of a “rigged system.”
“She was a key figure in implementing Barack Obama’s shaemful foreign policy....she carelessly jeapodized our national security and then lied about it to the American people.
“After a long and spirited primary, the time to fighting each other is over.”
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks.
Walker said Clinton was “the ultimate liberal Washington insider. If she was any more on the inside she’d be in prison.”
He said, “I wouldn’t give her the password to my iPhone let alone access to highly classified information.”
Punctuating his speech with calls from the crowd that “America deserves better,” he said Republicans can’t afford not to line up behind Trump.
“We can’t wait four years to get ‘em next time. The consequences are too great,” he said, saying the U.S. Supreme Court would be up. “We cannot concede the court to liberals like Hillary Clinton.”
Hamm said Clinton “would kill jobs, drive up gasoline prices and increase oil imports from our enemies” by stopping the U.S. from developing its oil supply. Trump would “trash punitive regulations” and “restore America’s place as the energy leader in the world.”
He said, “Every time we can’t drill an oil well, terrorism is being funded.”
“Donald Trump and Mike Pence will restore the American dream,” he said.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence arrives at the convention.
Pence is expected to speak later and accept the vice-presidential nomination.
Pastor Darrell Scott
“The Democratic party has failed us..we need to make a shapr turn. We need to put into practice the great ideals our country was founded on...this is in our best interest and the best interests of the world.”
“Some people call Donald Trump a populist, I call him a patriot.”
“We are not a nation like any other other, we are the greatest nation in history.”
“Donald Trump will rebuild the broken trust that now exists between our citizens and our government.”
“Donald Trump believes, as I believe, we can become great again. But we can only become great again if we have strong leadership.”
Kentucky State Sen. Ralph Alvarado Jr.
“I have a message for Hillary Clinton. You have failed the his community and you don’t deserve our vote.”
Alvarado also spoke in Spanish for a portion of his remarks.
Eileen Collins, retired Astronaut
Collins said the Space Shuttle program ended in 2007 and no American astronaut had been launched into space from U.S. soil in five years. “We must do better than that,” she said. “Nations who lead on the frontier lead in the world. We need that leadership again.
“We need to make America’s space program first again. And we need leadership that will make America great again,” she said.
Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General
“Hillary believes our enemies deserve our respect and empathy. Donald Trump believes...terrorists deserve to die.”
“I know Donald and I am proud to know Donald. He will appoint Conservative justices who will defend rather than rewrite our constituion.”
“I have one question for all of you here today. Are you ready to send ISIS a message that we are really coming after them? When Donald Trump is president, he will.”
Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham s
Ingraham told those who are hesitant about Trump and former primary opponents to endorse Trump on Wednesday.
“Even you boys with wounded feelings and bruised egos — we love you, we love you, but you must honor your pledge to endorse Donald Trump — tonight. Tonight,” she said.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, slated to speak later Wednesday night, has not yet endorsed Trump.
Ingraham said Democrats “chose to nominate the woman who helped orchestrate America’s decline.”
“Donald Trump respects us enough to tell us the hard truths, on immigration, trade, America’s diminished status in the world,” she said.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks
Scott, talking about the Orlanda nightclub shooting, spoke about the war against “radical Islamic terrorism” and criticized President Barack Obama for not using that term.
“I cried with the grieving moms and dads, brothers and sisters, of the 49 people killed,” he said. “This war is real, it’s here in America and the next president must destroy this evil. Donald Trump is the man for that job.”
He acknowledged some Republicans reluctance with Trump, but said, “this election is not about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, it’s not you or me. It’s about the very survival of the American dream.”
To chants of “Lock her up” from the convention floor, he urged votes for Trump.
“This year, we get to fire the politicians. And who better to let the politicians know you’re fired than Donald Trump,” he said. “We need a president who is politically incorrect and will tell it like it is.”