'This is our time': Mike Pence thanks the conservative movement

Pence also pledged to rebuild the USA military and "restore the arsenal of democracy" and "hunt down and destroy [the Islamic State terror group] at its source so they can no longer threaten our nation and our families".

"President Trump has assembled the strongest conservative cabinet in my lifetime, bar none", he said.

Trump, a CPAC speaker in the past, albeit one who didn't get the kind of wholesale support as a Ted Cruz or a Sarah Palin, will be the first sitting president to address the affair in nine years.

The vice president's comments come a week after President Donald Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Feb. 15.

He also said a solution to Obamacare is on the way. Trump has taken a different approach from his predecessors, introducing the idea of a multilateral effort to restore peace.

On Friday morning (24 February), President Trump make his own conference appearance, the top-billing following a number of keynote speeches from senior government figures at the event.

Pence delivered his rallying cry as heated, at-times angry confrontations continue to erupt around the country between Republican members of Congress and constituents anxious about the GOP's plans to dismantle the health care law.

"Israel's fight is our fight", he declared.

We're going to make sure that Americans with preexisting conditions have access to health insurance and the security they need, and we're going to give states the freedom and flexibility to take care of the least fortunate in the best way that will work in their state and in their community. "And after we repeal and replace Obamacare, we're going to do a whole lot more".

"I'm confident that with your help and with God's help - and with President Donald Trump in the White House, I know the best days for America are ahead of us", the vice president concluded. "Her values are our values".

With mid-term elections out there on the horizon, Pence said, "The success of our movement and more importantly the success of our country, depends as much on all of you as it does on us". Mentioning Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Housing secretary pick Ben Carson, Pence said "This is the A team". Trump promised to sign the legislation.

"This is the chance we've worked so hard for so long to see".

  • Larry Hoffman