The Patriot Post® · Trump and Pence Speak at CPAC

By Political Editors ·

This past week, conservatives gathered for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC. This year, both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence addressed the assembly, and both did so in stirring fashion. Here are some of their more memorable comments from their speeches.

Pence speaking on Friday:

As I stand before you today, the American economy is booming. In just over two years, businesses large and small have created 5.3 million new jobs, including over 480,000 good-paying manufacturing jobs. … Unemployment has hit a 50-year low…

You know, the freedom of religion is not just enshrined in our Constitution; it’s enshrined in the hearts of the American people. But make no mistake about it: Freedom of religion is under attack in our country. … Under this president and this administration, we will always stand with people of faith…

And as we reflect on our God-given liberties, I got to tell you, I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president to the most pro-life president in American history.

Since the first days of this administration, President Donald Trump has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life. In one of his very first acts, the president reinstated the Mexico City Policy, preventing taxpayer dollars from funding abortion or abortion providers around the world.

And here at home, President Trump signed a law to allow all 50 states to defund Planned Parenthood. Life is winning in America once again.

On Saturday, Trump addressed the CPAC crowd, giving a 72-minute speech that laid out his “America First” agenda. It was classic Trump. At one point he noted, “I’m totally off script right now. And this is how I got elected — by being off script.” Here are a few excerpts:

Our movement and our future in our country is unlimited. I think we’re going to do even better in 2020.

We’re reclaiming our nation’s priceless heritage.

No planes. No energy. When the wind stops blowing, that’s the end of your electric. [The Green New Deal] would force the destruction or renovation of virtually every structure in the United States. Perhaps nothing is more extreme than the Democrat plan to take over American energy.

Democratic lawmakers are now embracing socialism. They want to replace individual rights with total government domination. Socialism is not about the environment. It’s not about justice. It’s not about virtue. Socialism is about only one thing — it’s called power for the ruling class.

The future does not belong to those who believe in socialism. The future belongs to those who believe in freedom. I have said it before, and I will say it again: America will never be a socialist country.

We need an immigration policy where people coming in will love our country and love our fellow citizens. And this includes shutting down sanctuary cities.

I just returned from Vietnam, where I had very productive meetings with Kim Jong-un. I had to walk. Because every once in a while you have to walk. The deal wasn’t a deal that was acceptable to me.

Both men did a solid job of representing conservatism to the next generation. And heaven knows the next generation needs it.