In what was undoubtedly the biggest story of the night, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence gave a thoughtful, well-delivered speech that offered a strong defense of conservative values and made an equally strong case for why he was chosen as the vice presidential pick.
One of the most resonant moments was when he introduced his wife as “the girl of my dreams” and “the best thing that ever happened to me.”
— CNN (@CNN) July 21, 2016
@CNN fantastic speech! Bery motivational!!! Wow!
— JDMcSherry (@mcshernj) July 21, 2016
He also praised Donald Trump’s family and how well they reflect on Trump as a father. “You can’t fake good kids,” he said.
— Alejandra (@America1st4ever) July 21, 2016
In another quotable moment, Pence promised that Trump would bring “huge” change as president.
Some Twitter users pointed out, however, that Pence didn’t say it with quite the same Trumpian flair:
Pence needs to learn how to say "huge" w/ a "Y"
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) July 21, 2016
The speech impressed many, even among those who were unsure of the Pence pick initially.
Mike Pence is an exceptional orator. I thought he was a weak pick but his RNC speech was amazing. Powerful candidate and running mate.
— Fabian Gonzalez (@fabian_cort) July 21, 2016
Very positive reactions overall:
#Great speech by Mike Pence. A very steady man with good values and a love of America.
— Mary Banks (@MaryPharaoh) July 21, 2016
— Karl Knarr (@karlknarr) July 21, 2016
@realDonaldTrump If you deliver a speech HALF-AS-GOOD as the one Mike Pence delivered LAST NIGHT, you've got 1-FOOT in the Oval Office!!
— PatriotRob (@HRoberish) July 21, 2016
Some even attributed Trump’s future election to Pence.
If trump pulls this win off for the presidency Mike Pence will be a HUGE reason in my opinion https://t.co/QK6WjZuISF
— Josh (@Tweeze12) July 21, 2016
Many pointed out how little media coverage he received the next day:
Wait.. @mike_pence gave a speech? I've been watching coverage all morning.. nary a mention. Sad!
— HylianTom (@HylianTom) July 21, 2016
The problem with the media is that they focus mainly on things like Ted Cruz not endorsing Trump instead of Mike Pence's speech.
— Jordan Farrell (@jrdnfrrll) July 21, 2016
But it just didn’t generate enough controversy, save for a couple stories about him plagiarizing six words from Bill Clinton.
Mike Pence’s convention speech plagiarized a line from a Bill Clinton speech https://t.co/vpdqOv6wBb
— Kevin (@KevinDarryl) July 21, 2016
Apparently, no one on earth has ever said “boundless capacity of the American people” besides Bill Clinton.
So besides that non-controversy, nothing else particularly out of the ordinary happened.
Well… almost nothing.
— Never Forget Bot (@forgetmebot) July 21, 2016