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Donald Trump formally introduces Mike Pence as running mate on GOP ticket

Last updated on: July 16, 2016 23:07 IST

In his New York event held to introduce his vice presidential running mate Mike Pence, Trump said in the Indiana Governor he has "found the leader" who will help deliver a safe society and a really prosperous society for all Americans.

IMAGE: Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with Indiana Governor Mike Pence after Trump introduced Pence as his vice presidential running mate in New York City, US. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

"Indiana Governor Mike Pence was my first choice. I've admired the work he's done, especially in the state of Indiana," Trump said with Pence standing by his side.

"I admire the fact that he fights for the people, and he's going to fight for you. He is a solid, solid person,. Governor Pence served Indiana with distinction in Congress. He rose to leadership and served as the chairman of the entire House Republican Conference. Number one," he said.

"He's really got the skills of a highly talented executive, leading the state of Indiana to jobs, growth, and opportunity, in spite of the relentless obstacles put in his way and every state's way by the Obama administration. It's horrible out there. High taxes and regulations. And it's out of control," Trump said.

"Mike Pence is a man of honour, character and honesty. Hillary Clinton is the embodiment of corruption. She's a corrupt person. What she's done with her e-mails, what she's done with so many things, and I see the ads up all the time, the ads. She's totally bought and paid for by Wall Street, the special interests, the lobbyists, 100 per cent. She's crooked Hillary," he alleged.

Trump said his Democratic rival Clinton would pay the price of her email scandal in the November general elections.

"She's totally owned by Wall Street. We believe in Americanism; she believes in globalism. And it's not that she believes in it. The people that give her all of this money believe in it. And she'll believe in whatever they want her to believe. Believe me. That's it. What a difference between crooked Hillary Clinton and Mike Pence," he said.

"Mike Pence will never be afraid to speak the name of our enemy: Radical Islam. Radical Islamic terrorism," Trump said. 

In his brief remarks, Pence said the United States cannot have four more years apologising to enemies and abandoning friends.

"America needs to be strong for the world to be safe. On the world stage, Donald Trump will lead from strength. He will rebuild the arsenal of democracy, stand with our allies, and hunt down and destroy the enemies of our freedom," he said.

Pence said he joined as Trump's running mate because the choice could not be more clear and the stakes could not be higher.

"Americans can choose a leader who will fight to make America safe and prosperous again and bring real change, or we can elect someone who literally personifies the failed establishment in Washington, DC," the 57-year-old said.

"Seven-and-a-half years of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's policies have weakened America's place in the world and stifled our nation's economy. Terrorist attacks at home and abroad, grim and heartbreaking scenes from France just a few short days ago, the attempted coup in Turkey all attest to a world spinning apart," he said.

"History teaches us that weakness arouses evil. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's foreign policy of leading from behind, moving red lines, feigning resets with a resurgent Russia and the rise of ISIS is a testament to this truth of history and we must bring a change to America's stand in the world," the Indiana Governor said. 

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