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Transcript Of Mike Pence's Republican National Convention Speech Shows He Can Hold His Own


People all over the United States are tuning into the Republican National Convention, as the party officially nominates Donald Trump for president. But Republicans are also coming out of the convention with an official vice presidential nominee, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, and no one is quite sure how he'll do alongside his controversial running mate. However, if the transcript of Mike Pence's Republican National Convention speech is any indication, he'll likely be more than able to pull his own weight.

Many on the left have been freaking out since his nomination because of, among other things, his rigid anti-LGBT and anti-women stances. During his time as governor of Indiana, he pushed a "religious freedom" law that permitted discrimination against the LGBT residents of his state, closed down one community's only HIV testing center, and backed abortion restrictions that even many pro-lifers thought went too far. Also, he hates Mulan! (And the idea of women serving in the military.) Doesn't that just make everything seem so much worse?

However, he is a favorite of many in the Republican establishment, and a much more traditional candidate than Trump, bringing some "normalcy" to the ticket — although if you watch the bizarre 60 Minutes interview with the two of them, where Trump hardly lets Pence get a word in, it becomes clear that "normalcy" may not be something this campaign will ever achieve.

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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Presumptive Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) speaks with World War II veteran and former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Check out a full transcript of Pence's RNC speech below to see why the governor is such a big draw for so many in the Republican Party (and perhaps feel a little more or less worried about the future of the 2016 campaign):