Pence to CPAC: ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept

Melanie Arter | February 22, 2018 | 5:08pm EST
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Vice President Mike Pence (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

( - Vice President Mike Pence told the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday that “2017 was the most consequential year in the history of the conservative movement” and that President Donald Trump kept his campaign promises, ticking off a list of the president’s achievements.

“I stand here today with profound gratitude to say that because of all of you, because of the conservative majorities in Congress that you helped elect, and because of the strong leadership of the president you put in the White House, 2017 was the most consequential year in the history of the conservative movement,” he said.

“And tomorrow, you’ll hear firsthand from the man you galvanized that movement, and I spoke to him on the phone this morning, and I can tell you he can’t wait to get here. The man who won the historic election, the man who’s been delivering on the promises that he made every day since - the 45th president of the United States of America, President Donald Trump,” Pence said.

“I’m here, because I stand with President Trump. I’m here because we stand with the conservative movement, and come to think of it, we always stand with our flag and our national anthem as well, but what a year!” the vice president said.

“When President Trump addressed you last year, he declared that our victory was a victory and a win for conservative values, and so it was. And now he and I are both back here at CPAC this week to thank you for everything you’ve done to advance our cause. It’s been a year of action. It’s been a year of remarkable results. In a word, it’s been a year of promises made and promises kept,” Pence said.

He said Trump kept his promises on issues like military readiness, securing the border, supporting law enforcement, appointing strong conservatives to the court, and defending the right to life.

“Think about it. President Trump promised to rebuild our military and restore the arsenal of democracy, and in just a few weeks, he’ll sign the largest investment in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan. He promised to stand without apology for the men and women of law enforcement, and today we’re once again giving those peace officers the respect and the resources they deserve all across America,” Pence said.

“President Trump promised to enforce our laws, secure our borders, and today illegal crossings at our southern border have been cut nearly in half, and make no mistake about it, we’re going to build that wall,” the vice president said.

“He promised to appoint strong conservatives to the federal courts at every level, and President Trump came through. He appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and set a record for the most circuit court judges appointed in the first year of any administration in history,” he said.

“And President Donald Trump promised to stand for the unalienable right to life, and from the first day of this administration, he reinstated the Mexico City policy, and I was honored to cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate to send a bill to the president’s desk to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood,” the vice president added.

Pence also pointed to the president’s progress in rolling back excessive government regulations, approving the Keystone and Dakota pipelines, withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, and tax reform.

“And we’ve been busy rolling back the heavy hand of government as well. This president has actually repealed 22 regulations for every new federal rule put on the books, and finally, President Trump promised to cut taxes across the board for working families and job creators, and two months ago today, President Trump signed the largest tax cuts and tax reform in American history. Promises made, promises kept,” he said.

“On the world stage, we’ve also been restoring strong American leadership, and under President Donald Trump, America once again stands without apology as leader of the free world,” Pence said.

He pointed to the increase in NATO contributions from U.S. allies and the president’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

“And for decades, after one president after another promised to move the U.S. embassy to the capital of our most cherished ally, President Trump made history on December 6 when the United States of America recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Pence said.

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