(CNSNews.com) - Donald Trump formally introduced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate at event in New York City this morning.
At the event, Pence said the “heroes of my youth were John F. Kennedy and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” described himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican—in that order" and said "the highest role I will ever play is D-A-D."
Here is an excerpt from Pence’s speech:
“And when I got this call last Wednesday, I could only think of that ancient question: Who am I, Oh Lord, and who is my family that you have brought us this far. So let me try to answer that question for a few minutes. Now people who know me well know that I am a pretty basic guy. I am a Christian, a conservative and a Republican—in that order. And while I’m currently—I currently have the privilege of serving the state that I love, I really am just a small town boy, grew up in southern Indiana, with a big family and a corn field in the backyard. Like Donald Trump my grandfather immigrated to this country. And in many ways I grew up with a front row seat to the American Dream. I watched my mom and dad build everything that matters—a family, a business and a good name.
“The heroes of my youth were John F. Kennedy and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I actually started in politics in the other party. But when I came of age, I was inspired by the ideals and the eloquence of our 40th president and I became a Republican. The most important thing in my life is that thirty-one years ago I married the girl of my dreams, Karen Pence, who will make a great second lady of the United States of America.
“And while this office is an extraordinary office to which to aspire, the highest role I will ever play is D-A-D. And I am a proud father of a college student, a graduate turned writer, and a United States Marine.”