MUKWONAGO, Wisconsin — House Speaker Paul Ryan introduced Republican vice presidential nominee and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to a significant crowd at Field Park in Wisconsin’s Waukesha County on Saturday.
“I have seen this man, when no one is watching this man, be a man of courage,” Ryan said of the Indiana governor. He asked the audience to join him in thanking Pence “for his sacrifice for our liberties. Join me in thanking this man for running with Donald Trump.”
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During his brief, but interactive, talk to the lively audience, Speaker Ryan pointed out what he believed to be the most troubling issues facing Americans and future generations. “Life with the Clintons” consists of “scandal, after scandal, after scandal,” he said as a man shouted “Wikileaks!” from the crowd. He sported a T-shirt with “What Difference Does It Make,” written on it; a reference to Clinton’s infamous comment during a Benghazi hearing to address the loss of four American lives under her watch as secretary of state.
That man told Breitbart News that he is “a 30-year union brick layer for Trump,” just one of many blue collar Americans who have thrown their support behind the billionaire businessman based on his promise to bring jobs back to America.
Ryan added, the Clintons “live by a different set of rules,” to which the same man shouted out “Bill Clinton’s a rapist!”
He continued, “the point I’m trying to make is, do we want four years of that stuff?”
Everyone shouted “No!” in near unison. “Good Lord no,” Ryan said. “Let me tell you what we do need. We need courage.” His statement set the crowd roaring: “Lock her up! Lock her up!”
Ryan, amused at this point by the constant interruptions from the enthusiastic crowd, said, I’ve got a better idea… Let’s make sure she never becomes president of the United States in the first place. How does that sound?”
The crowd broke into applause, chanting, “Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!”
Ryan responded, “Just wait. I’m getting there.” Someone yelled out “Let’s hear it!” A woman echoed his sentiment with, “Yeah. Say it!”
“Let me tell you this: When Donald Trump says that he wants a special session to repeal and replace Obamacare, let me tell you that as speaker of the house, we are ready, we are willing, and we are ready and we have a plan to do that.”
The audience clapped and cheered. “But that only happens if we win this election,” Ryan pointed out.
“Speaker Ryan was great,” Tom Schwartz, 71, told Breitbart News. He said his biggest concern is the Supreme Court and that Obamacare came in at a close second. Tom, who is now retired, previously worked as a baker and delivery driver.
Pence took the stage and called for Americans to unite “with one voice. It’s time to come home.”
He continued, “it’s time to come home and elect Donald Trump as president of the United States. It’s time to come home and reelect Speaker Paul Ryan and a strong Republican majority in the House of Representatives,” and said this election is “about our security, its about our prosperity and its about the law of the land.”
He said Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson was a key leader on national security. Johnson is seeking reelection against Democrat Russ Feingold who is leading Johnson by one point in a tight race that could go either way.
Pence noted that “while the next president will serve a 4-year term, the next president is also going to set the course of the Supreme Court for the next 40 years.”
The appointment of a justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia has become a major friction point in the battle to uphold a just interpretation of the Constitution. Many Republicans fear a Clinton SCOTUS appointment will result in restrictions on the 1st and 2nd Amendments.
Pence suggested that with a Clinton presidency, there would be “unelected judges using unaccountable power to legislate from the bench… For the sake of the Constitution, we must ensure here and now that the next president to make appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States is Donald Trump.”
He added, “Donald Trump is going to work with Speak Paul Ryan.”
Pence and Ryan have shared a friendship spanning over a decade. Earlier, Ryan called Pence “the heart of the conservative movement” and Pence said of Ryan, “if I’m the heart, he’s the mind.”
Ryan voted for Trump on November 1 and Saturday’s event is a sign of growing unity among the Republican Party.
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