11-year-old asks Pence if his role is to soften Trump’s rhetoric

11-year-old asks Pence if his role is to soften Trump’s rhetoric

By Nick Salazar   
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence waves to supporters during an event announcing him as Donald Trump's vice presidential selection. New York. July 16, 2016. Photo: Luke Vargas/Talk Media News
Indiana Governor Mike Pence waves to supporters during an event announcing him as Donald Trump's vice presidential selection. New York. July 16, 2016. Photo: Luke Vargas/Talk Media News

WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was asked by an 11-year-old in North Carolina on Thursday if his role in a potential Donald Trump administration was going to be “softening up” the Republican nominee’s rhetoric.

“Good morning Gov. Pence,” Matthew Stricker said. “My name is Matthew and I’m 11 years old. I’ve been watching the news lately and I’ve been noticing that you’re kind of softening up on Mr. Trump’s policies and words. Is this going to be your role in the administration?”

Pence, who looked surprised to receive the question from the young attendee, responded after a brief pause by saying he “couldn’t be more proud to stand with Donald Trump and we’re shoulder to shoulder on this campaign.”

“Sometimes things don’t always come out like you mean it, right?” Pence added.

Pence went on to say that he believed he was chosen because of his “mild” demeanor to balance out the ticket with Trump’s “charisma.”

After the event, Schricker told reporters that he “was a little worried” about Pence and “wanted to make sure he was totally loyal to Mr. Trump and the Republican party.”

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