Pence hits Biden and makes case for Trump on third night of RNC


Pence hits Biden and makes case for Trump on third night of RNC

Pence hits Biden and makes case for Trump on third night of RNC

Republicans portrayed the U.S. as a “land of heroes” on the third night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night while Vice President Mike Pence went on the attack against Joe Biden, calling the Democratic nominee a “Trojan horse for a radical left.”

“Our economic recovery is on the ballot, law and order is on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country,” Pence said. “It’s not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election is whether America remains America.”

Most of the speeches were recorded earlier, and aside from Pence’s speech, there were few mentions of the coronavirus pandemic, the hurricane set to make landfall in the Gulf or the ongoing unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man left partially paralyzed after an officer shot him seven times in the back.

Once Pence had arrived at Fort McHenry, where he delivered his speech, he decided to add a passing mention of Kenosha. Noting that Biden “didn’t say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country” during last week’s Democratic convention, Pence declared, “Let me be clear: the violence must stop — whether in Minneapolis, Portland, or Kenosha.”

Speakers sought to portray the GOP as the party of “heroes” and “greatness,” in contrast to Democrats.

“Joe Biden said we were living through a ‘season of American darkness,'” Pence said from the site of a battle during the War of 1812 that inspired the “Star Spangled Banner.” “But as President Trump said, where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness.”

President Trump did not appear as frequently on Wednesday as on the first two nights of the convention, showing up only after Pence’s speech to listen to country singer Trace Adkins sing the national anthem. Speeches focused less on Mr. Trump and more on the personal stories of the speakers, including a personal turn by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

There was an emphasis on religion and the military, with speakers like Congressman Dan Crenshaw of Texas, a combat veteran who is a rising star in the party, and retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg. Both Pence and his wife, Karen, noted their family members serving in the military.

Kellyanne Conway, Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign manager who announced on Sunday that she would be leaving the White House to focus on family, spoke about women’s suffrage and credited Mr. Trump for championing women.

Mr. Trump will formally accept the nomination on Thursday at the White House on the final day of the convention.

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