“On November 3, you have to ask yourself: who do you trust to rebuild this economy?” Pence asked. “A career politician who presided over the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression? Or a proven leader who created the world’s largest economy? “
In a reference to the turmoil caused by the recent police killings of black Americans, Pence said people “don’t have to choose between supporting law enforcement and standing alongside our African-American neighbors.” , but then claimed Biden would cut law enforcement funding. and “doubling down on the very policies that lead to violence in American cities.”
“The hard truth is, you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America,” Pence said.
The veteran Republican politician, who was governor of Indiana before becoming Trump’s vice president, also noted that Biden had called himself a “transitional candidate,” so he “would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for a radical left ”.
Pence’s remarks – made at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, known as the birthplace of the national anthem – came a day before a speech from Trump served as the grand finale to the mostly virtual four-day convention. The president Thursday night “will proclaim his accomplishments” and talk about what he would do in a second term if the Trump-Pence ticket wins re-election in November, according to a campaign spokesperson.
Prior to Pence’s speech, Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris attacked GOP candidates in a fundraising email sent to supporters.
“Donald Trump and Mike Pence can talk whatever they want to make America great again, but they can’t hide their record,” the California senator said. “American families are reeling from the worst public health crisis in a century and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Trump and Pence responded with incompetence. “
Other speakers at the GOP event on Wednesday night included Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, who plans to step down from her White House post by the end of the month, as well as the former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz, Governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem, Second Lady Karen Pence, representing Dan Crenshaw of Texas and Lara Trump, stepdaughter of the President.
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Conway praised Trump’s efforts to resolve the opioid crisis, saying he was “the president we need for four more years” because he “chooses the toughest fights and tackles the toughest issues. complex ”.
Holtz said that “one of the important reasons” he trusts the incumbent Republican President is “because no one has been a greater advocate for unborn children than President Trump,” while the Biden ticket- Harris is “radically pro-abortion”, adding that they and other politicians “are Catholic in name only.”
The speeches followed testimony earlier in the week from various speakers, including Donald Trump Jr. and Nikki Haley on Monday, and First Lady Melania Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday.
Biden’s deputy campaign manager and communications director Kate Bedingfield slammed the GOP convention on Wednesday morning, calling it an “alternate reality.”
“In this illusion, thousands of Americans did not die last week from COVID-19, and millions of Americans were not infected or made unemployed,” she said in a statement. Bedingfield also said Americans “can no longer afford Donald Trump to stick his head in the sand,” and the country needs “real leadership.”
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In RealClearPolitics’ polls averages on Wednesday, the Democratic candidate leads Trump by 7 percentage points in national polls and 3.7 points in the major swing states that are likely to decide the November election.
Major U.S. stock market gauges mostly closed with gains on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 SPX,
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finishing to new heights of all time.