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Transcript Of Mike Pence's Closing Statement Shows That He Stayed On Message


Going into the vice presidential debate, it was clear that Indiana Governor Mike Pence had a major responsibility to shoulder. After the first presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump spent much of the last week answering for comments that sparked media controversy. Taking on Democratic vice presidential nominee, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Pence prepared to both represent himself on the debate stage and perhaps to answer for the actions and opinions of his running mate. And the transcript of Mike Pence's closing statement shows that he committed to staying on message about making America great again.

Pence went into the vice presidential debate with the virtually-assured allegiance of his party. The Washington Post reported that the GOP may have accidentally published a post declaring Pence the winner over an hour before the event started. Despite support from his party, Pence still took on a difficult challenge Tuesday night, representing both himself and Trump in the best way possible in the aftermath of controversy. Both candidates started off in a fairly good place in terms of public opinion. According to a CNN/ORC poll, Kaine and Pence were both deemed winners by an equal number of people polled.

Throughout the debate, the two men went after each other and each other's running mates. But all eyes — and ears — were on Pence's final words. Would he nail it, potentially securing himself the win for the debate? Or would he drop the ball?

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FARMVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 04: Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine (L) and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence (R) speak during the Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University on October 4, 2016 in Farmville, Virginia. This is the second of four debates during the presidential election season and the only debate between the vice presidential candidates. (Photo by Andrew Gombert - Pool/Getty Images)

Quijano asked, "If your ticket wins, what specifically will you do to unify the country?" For his final statement, Pence emphasized the need for change in the country:

He also expressed his support for his running mate's vision for the United States:

Here's the full transcript of Pence's closing statement, as published by Vox:

Pence's closing statement circles back to many of the messages he sent over the course of the debate, as he spent much of the 90 minutes emphasizing his ability to partner with his running mate in creating a safer and more prosperous country. Though Kaine prompted Pence many times over the course of the conversation to defend Trump, Pence consistently made an effort to get back on message as fast as he could. The closing statement reflects the pragmatism that seemed to fuel Pence's entire approach to discourse Tuesday night. His reiteration of the desire to "make America great again" likely earned the respect of his party and a big thumbs-up from Trump.