Pence downplays town hall backlash, rallies conservatives at CPAC

Pence was the most senior Republican so far to speak to the Conservative Political Action Conference, the country's biggest yearly gathering of conservatives.

Pence also laid out the Trump administration's priorities in his speech Thursday night, telling the conservative crowd: "This is our time". Pence stated: "I fully support the president's decision to ask for his resignation". "America's Obamacare nightmare is about to end".

'Now more than ever, as we did before when this movement won back the Congress in 2010 and. won back the White House in 2016, we gotta do what we did before.

Like the president, Pence voiced disdain for the media and sought to portray news organizations as the administration's political opponent.

"What they should have learned on Election Day is, this is not a government of the elites, by the media, or for the establishment", Pence said.

"Sanctuary cities? No thanks, I'll take a wall", Cox said. "And I'm, like, not", the vice president laughed.

"It's my privilege, on behalf of President Trump, to express the strong commitment of the United States to continued cooperation and partnership with the European Union", said Pence.

Not all Republicans have endorsed Trump's brand of conservatism, and his past appearances at CPAC have drawn mixed reactions. As NPR's Don Gonyea noted, the former reality TV star and real estate mogul "has not always been warmly welcomed in this particular room".

Trump is scheduled to address the conference at 10 the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

Pence, however, was right at home with the CPAC crowd, giving them the red meat they wanted.

"Despite the best efforts of liberal activists at town halls across the country, the American people know better", the vice president told the fired-up crowd.

Pence said he and President Donald Trump are committed to giving every American "access to quality, affordable health insurance", and want to replace the current system with one that allows people to purchase health coverage across state lines as they would insurance for their automobiles. "Talk about your fake news, folks".

While conservatives call Gorsuch's record as an appellate judge "distinguished and his qualifications unparalleled" according to The New York Times, Democrats have vowed to filibuster and block any Supreme Court nomination that was not Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Merrick Garland. "This, my friends, is our time".

  • Larry Hoffman