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Mike Pence loses spotlight to Ted Cruz at RNC

July 21,2016 15:09

Donald Trump's running mate was upstaged once again in spite of a solid speech, with the Republican National Convention's furious response to Ted Cruz's non-endorsement overshadowing the Indiana governor's first primetime address. The crowd was still ...


CLEVELAND — Mike Pence just can't catch a break.
Donald Trump's running mate was upstaged once again in spite of a solid speech, with the Republican National Convention's furious response to Ted Cruz's non-endorsement overshadowing the Indiana governor's first primetime address.
The crowd was still restless nearly a half hour after Cruz's controversial stand, with murmurs continuing to ripple through the delegates who continued to gossip through the Newt Gingrich speech that preceded Pence.
The folksy Indiana governor got some solid lines in, nodding to his low national profile before delivering a full-blown defense of Trump and attack on Hillary Clinton. SEE IT: Trump awkwardly tries to kiss running mate Mike Pence The audience was still stewing about Cruz's remarks when Mike Pence took the stage. (AFP/Getty Images)
"For those who don't know me, which is most of you..." he said to laughs before walking through his biography.
Pence described Trump as, "A man known for a large personality, a colorful style and lots of charisma — so I guess that he was just looking for some balance on the ticket," to hearty chuckles.
Pence is right — while he delivered a strong speech that on another night could have thrust him further into the national spotlight and help introduce himself to Americans in the way that he wanted to, he went from headline to sidebar after Cruz's remarks and the crowd's response. Mike Pence, despite a strong speech, was overshadowed by Cruz's non-endorsement of Trump. (TANNEN MAURY/EPA)
That's the third time in a week that Pence has been rudely bumped from the spotlight. LUPICA: Melania looks good compared to the clowns at RNC
The Trump campaign's sloppy rollout of him as the vice presidential nominee and Trump's subsequent half-hour speech mostly about himself at the delayed announcement event undercut Pence's ability to cement an image of himself with Americans before Democrats could begin tearing it down.
He wasn't helped days later when Trump domineered their first joint interview on “60 Minutes,” talking twice as long as Pence and interrupting him throughout the conversation. Donald Trump stands with running mate Mike Pence at the RNC on Wednesday. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Trump reportedly threatened Cruz that he would get booed if he refused to endorse, and his closest allies seemed to lead the charge against the Texas senator on the convention floor, a sign the reaction may have been deliberate.
If he'd been able to be the bigger man the moment might have passed without exploding the third night of a convention theoretically aimed at unity that has so far accomplished anything but. Instead, the rancor dominated the evening. Ted Cruz booed at RNC after refusing to endorse Donald Trump
Pence said with each subsequent Trump controversy, Democrats and the media "keep thinking that they've done him in, only to wake up the next morning and find him still standing."
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