Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) officially accepted the nomination for vice-president at the Trump National Convention on Wednesday evening. He gave a calm, well-delivered speech that took jabs at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, talked up real estate mogul Donald Trump and introduced himself to the nation at large.
Here are the top seven moment's from Pence's big speech.
1. Introducing his family to the country. The most heartwarming part of the speech was Pence introducing his mother Nancy, his wife Karen, and his children Audrey, Charlotte and Michael J. Pence. The family stood to a hearty applause as their eyes glistened with tears. In that moment, it was clear that the Pence family was genuinely humbled and honored to be in this moment in history.
2. "Lock her up!" These chants that horrified the leftist media the night before rang loud and clear in the convention hall after Pence delivered a cool, concise dismantling of Clinton's foreign policy.
"It was Hillary Clinton who helped undo all the gains of the troop surge. A staggering failure of judgment that set ISIS loose," Pence said. "It was Hillary Clinton who instigated the president’s disastrous agreement with the radical people on her own."
Then Pence dropped the hammer by using Benghazi as a bludgeon.
"It was Hillary Clinton who left Americans in harm's way in Benghazi," Pence said. "Then she said, 'What difference at this point does it make?' As the proud father of a United States Marine, let me say for my heart: Anyone who said that, anyone who did that should be disqualified from ever serving as commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the United States of America."
The crowd dug it, thundering: "Lock her up!" multiple times. The media must have to had to retreat to their pro-Hillary safe spaces afterwards.
3. "We like Mike!" Pence's speech clearly enthralled the delegates; towards the end of speech chants of "We like Mike!" rang through the convention hall, echoing the slogan of Dwight Eisenhower's presidential campaign 60 years ago. Pence simply responded with a smile.
4. "One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Pence led into this moment by expressing the refreshing news that six months to the day, President Barack Obama will finally be out of office. While Obama has left behind a wake of destruction and the next president will have to endure the arduous task of cleaning it up, Pence expressed optimism that America will prevail.
"It is at moments like this, moments when politics fail, but I believe we do well to remember what unites us far exceeds anything that sets us apart in America," Pence said. "That we are, as we have always been, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
At the "under God" part, the crowd joined in and echoed Pence's words and broke out into an enthusiastic cheer. It was a reminder to those watching that despite the left's attempts to tear down the country, America is still the exceptional "shining city on a hill" that values and cherishes liberty, faith, love of country and equality under the law.
5. Echoing Ronald Reagan's famous "A Time for Choosing" speech. Pence concluded his speech by channeling Reagan, something the Republican Party as a whole sorely needs.
"My fellow Americans, I believe we have come to another rendezvous with destiny and I have faith, faith in the boundless capacities of the American people, and faith that God can still heal our land," Pence said. "But we have a choice to make. This is another time for choosing."
Pence continued by listing the numerous challenges the nation faces:
If you want a president who will protect this nation, confront radical Islamic terrorism, and rid the world of ISIS; if you want a president who will restore lawn order to this country and give lawn force meant the support and resources they deserve; if you want a president who will cut taxes grow our economy and squeeze every nickel out of the federal bureaucracy; if you want to President will build strong borders and enforce our laws, and if you want to president who will upend the status quo in Washington D.C. and a point justices to the Supreme Court who will uphold the Constitution; we have but one choice and that man is ready, this team is ready, our party is ready, and when we elect Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States, together we will make America great again.
6. Highlighting the failures of the Democrat Party towards their key constituents. Pence said that numerous Americans are angry that the Democrats are "taking them for granted":
It is union members who don’t want a president who promises to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business. Those miners want an American energy policy, and they know that Donald Trump digs coal.
It is African-Americans who remember generations of hollow promises about safe streets and better schools, and they know Donald Trump will fight for equal opportunity, and he loves educational choice. It is Hispanic Americans who respect the law, who want jobs and opportunities for their families, who know that Donald Trump will uphold the law and get this economy moving for every American.
The Indiana governor lauded the Republican Party's values of "equality and opportunity" to provide a pathway for economic success for every hardworking American that the Democrats have left behind to prioritize their insatiable appetite for the expansion of government.
"In so many ways, the Democratic Party has abandoned those and used to protect," Pence lamented. "Maybe they’ve become too entrenched in power. So comfortable at times but they lose patience with the normal legislative process. It’s so much simpler to impose their values by executive order or court action, and make no mistake about it: Hillary Clinton has big ideas along those lines."
7. Hillary is the "Secretary of the Status Quo." It was a clever line by Pence to clearly illustrate that he understands people's anger at the lack of change in Washington, D.C., and Clinton would be more of the same.
"At the very moment when America is crying out for something new and different, the other party has answered with a stale agenda and the most predictable of names," Pence said. "People in both parties are restless for change, ready to break free from old patterns in Washington, and Democrats are about to anoint someone who represents everything this country is tired of."
"You know, Hillary Clinton wants a better title. And I would too if I was already America’s secretary of the status quo," Pence added.
Partial transcript via FOX 59.