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Pence officially nominated by GOP for vice president

Pence officially nominated by GOP for vice president
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Vice President Pence was officially nominated as vice president on the 2020 Republican ticket on Monday during the GOP convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Pence was nominated by Scott Walker, the former Wisconsin governor and 2016 GOP presidential candidate, and won the unanimous support of the Republican delegates.

“I am proud to announce the vice president, Michael R. Pence, has the unanimous support of this convention to be the Republican Party’s nominee for the office of Vice President of the United States of America,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRocky Mountain National Park closed due to expanding Colorado wildfire Trump is out of touch with Republican voters on climate change The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Iran, Russia election bombshell; final Prez debate tonight MORE (R-Calif.) said immediately following his nomination Monday morning.

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Pence made a surprise appearance at the convention shortly following his nomination and delivered remarks to the delegates, where he delivered a brief speech praising the president and contrasting the Trump agenda with the Democratic convention last week.

"I heard the other day that Democracy is on the ballot," Pence said, referencing former President Barack Obama's warning in his speech last week.

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"But I think we all know, the economy is on the ballot. Law and order is on the ballot," Pence continued. "Our most cherished ideals of freedom and free markets are on the ballot. That's why we need four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House."

The vice president also urged Trump supporters to back Republican candidates up and down the ticket, expressing optimism that the GOP could even take back a majority in the House. The president has espoused similar optimism, despite long odds that Republicans can take control of the chamber in November.

Pence made the case for the Trump administration's accomplishments, including tax and regulation cuts and the strength of the economy before the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 175,000 people in the U.S.

The pandemic has wiped out those economic gains, complicating the Trump-Pence reelection pitch. In a nod to the changed dynamic of the race, Pence has pivoted from closing his speeches with a pledge to "keep America great" to vowing on Monday to "make America great again — again."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE, who will also be in North Carolina Monday to tour a facility producing food boxes as part of a coronavirus aid program, will be formally nominated as the 2020 Republican presidential nominee later Monday.

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The official nominating business is taking place in Charlotte but has been scaled down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Only 336 delegates six from each state and territory are attending the convention business.

The convention speeches will kick off later Monday, with remarks from Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottFrom HBCUs to Capitol Hill: How Congress can play an important role Democrats unveil bill to reduce police violence against people with mental illness Liberals should embrace Trump's Supreme Court nominee MORE (R-S.C.), House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseMcCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats Cedric Richmond's next move: 'Sky's the limit' if Biden wins MORE (R-La.), former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyGraham says SC people of color can go anywhere in the state but 'need to be conservative, not liberal' 'The soul' versus 'law and order' Author Ryan Girdusky: RNC worked best when highlighting 'regular people' as opposed to 'standard Republicans' MORE and Donald Trump Jr., among others.

Pence is slated to deliver his speech accepting the nomination on Wednesday evening from Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Trump will deliver his remarks from the White House on Thursday evening. 

--This report was updated at 12:20 p.m.