(CNSNews.com) – GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence campaigned in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, telling supporters that his faith as a Christian “informs” him that “we’re to hold up a godly standard” and that while he doesn’t condone what GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said in controversial remarks that that surfaced over the weekend, he believes in forgiveness and grace.
“As I said last weekend, I don’t condone what was said, and I spoke out against it, but the other part of my faith is I believe in grace. I’ve received it. I believe in it. I believe in forgiveness, and we’re called to forgive as we have been forgiven, and last night, my running mate, he showed the American people what was in his heart,” Pence said.
“He showed humility to the American people, and then he fought back and turned the focus to the choice that we face, and I’m proud to stand with Donald Trump,” Pence said.
A 2005 videotape from the archives of “Access Hollywood” surfaced over the weekend, where Trump is heard bragging to Billy Bush about kissing and groping women.
Pence said, “It takes a big man to know when he’s wrong and to admit it and to have the humility to apologize and to be transparent and be vulnerable with people.”
He praised Trump for showing “that he’s a big man” during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Sunday night.
Pence said he was asked Monday during a television interview about his faith and what he “made of everything” that Trump said.
“I welcomed the opportunity,” Pence said, adding that other than marrying his wife, “the most important decision in my life was when I made a decision for Christ in 1978.”
“It’s made all the difference, and I was happy to explain on that television program that I’m a believer, and my faith informs me that we’re to hold up a godly standard and we’re to aspire to live godly lives, but it also informs me that we all fall short of the glory of God, that there’s no one righteous other than the one,” Pence said.
Pence described Trump as “a fighter” who “never backs down.”
“Donald Trump I truly believe – you saw it last night on that debate stage – he literally embodies the spirit of America: strong, freedom-loving, independent, optimistic, and willing to fight every day for what he believes in and what makes this nation great,” Pence said.
Pence said the election is “not just a choice between two people, it’s a choice between two futures.”
“I want to say to all my friends here in North Carolina, I choose a stronger America at home and abroad. I choose a more prosperous America. I choose an America that stands up for the constitutional principles that made this nation great,” he said.
“I choose to stand with Donald Trump and every American who believes we can make America great again, because despite all the distractions, this election truly is about big things. It truly is,” said Pence.