In his first CPAC address of his Vice Presidency, Mike Pence entered the completely full ballroom to chants of “USA” and took time to thank the crowd for their support and lay out some promises for the future.
Calling CPAC the “premier conservative gathering”, Pence stated that it was because of conservatives like those attending CPAC that his “good friend Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States.”
While addressing the crowd, Pence poked fun at his relationship with the President.
“The President is known for his charm and charisma, and I… am not.”
The Vice President followed his gracious opening with a laundry list of promises that fired up the conservative crowd.
“We’re in the promise keeping business these days,” stated Pence.
He went on to talk about the President’s plans to strengthen his controversial Department of Education, which is currently directed by Betsy DeVos.
“We are going to restore the arsenal of democracy and we will hunt down and destroy ISIS.”
Pence also promised that, “No state will ever be forced to adopt the common core.”
The biggest theme of the speech was rebuilding the American working class. “President Trump turned the blue wall red and he will make America great again.”
Pence claims that this greatness is going to be built on the work of President Trump’s cabinet which Pence stated was, “The A team. This is the strongest conservative cabinet in my lifetime, bar none.”
Of course, no speech by the Trump administration is complete without a slapping the media and political elites in the face.
“In dismissing [President Trump], they dismissed the millions of hard working Americans who supported him. Even if [the media and political elites] didn’t hear it on election night, we are still a government of the people, for the people, and by the people.”
President Trump and Vice President Pence plan to prioritize attending CPAC every year during their terms.