Mike Pence became the first sitting Vice President to address the Values Voter Summit when he spoke on Saturday, September 22.
In his remarks to the thousands of grass-roots activists from across the country, Vice President Pence thanked values voters for electing the government officials “who have moved this country forward,” and lauded them for having “delivered a great victory for the American people” two years ago and “changed the direction of this country.”
“If you’ve looked back on everything we’ve accomplished, I think there’s only one way you can describe the last two years,” he said. “It’s been two years of action; it’s been two years of results; it’s been two years of promises made and promises kept – and we’re just getting started.”
The Vice President also testified to the character and qualifications of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Pence said the judge “is a man of integrity with impeccable credentials and a proven judicial philosophy,” and noted his opinions on the DC court of appeals “reflect a strong record of support for limited government, religious liberty and our Second Amendment.”
“He is a conservative who will interpret the Constitution as written. And his record and career deserves the respect of every member of the United States Senate,” he continued. “But honestly, the way some Democrats have conducted themselves during this process is a disgrace and a disservice to the Senate and the American people.”
Despite those tactics, Pence said he and the President “are confident that Senate Republicans will manage this confirmation properly with the utmost respect for all concerned.”
“And I believe that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will soon be Justice Brett Kavanaugh and take his seat on the Supreme Court of the United States of America,” he added.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who also spoke at the Values Voter Summit and earlier this week received NRB’s Faith & Freedom Award, similarly expressed optimism, saying, “In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court.”
“So, my friends, keep the faith. Don’t get rattled by all this. We’re going to plow right through this and do our jobs,” he told summit attendees.
Other speakers at this year’s Values Voter Summit included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Dr. Ben Carson, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, actor Dean Cain, best-selling author Joel Rosenberg, radio host Dana Loesch, pro-life activist David Daleiden, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes, and many others.
On Saturday, former U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf was honored at the summit for his tireless fight for international religious freedom. Wolf, the author of the International Religious Freedom Act and a longtime advocate for international religious freedom and human rights, received Family Research Council’s Vision and Leadership Award at the summit’s Faith, Family and Freedom Gala.
The Values Voter Summit was held September 21-23 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
By NRB Staff
Published: September 27, 2018