RNC: Pence says high court at stake in election


Cleveland — Mike Pence framed the November presidential race as crucial to defining the makeup of the Supreme Court for the next 40 years.

The GOP vice presidential nominee said voters must ensure that it’s Donald Trump picking the next high court justices.

The Indiana governor says Democrat Hillary Clinton would choose justices who would take unconstitutional actions.

He says it’s crucial to elect Trump to protect the Second Amendment, “the sanctity of life” and other liberties.

Trump gave his running mate an air kiss at the conclusion of his speech. Trump came onstage as Pence finished speaking. Pence’s teleprompter displayed the stage direction “embrace” just after his final words.

After the momentary affection, Trump and Pence shook hands and stood together briefly onstage before Trump exited.

Pence took a moment onstage with his family to smile at the audience before exiting.

The Republican vice presidential nominee called Clinton the “secretary of the status quo.”

Mike Pence once swore off negative campaigning. But the Indiana governor went after Clinton in his GOP convention speech Wednesday night.

Pence says Democrats are going with a stale agenda and the most predictable candidate.

Pence played on one of Trump’s most well-known catchphrase. He says that under Trump, change in the country will be “huge.”

Donald Trump — his own man, an independent spirit, someone who “just doesn’t quit.”

Pence says Trump has gone about as far as one can go in business, but has never turned his back on American workers.

The Indiana governor also says Trump won’t ever turn his back on American service members, either.

Mike Pence says Republicans have nominated a presidential candidate who never quits or backs down.

Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana steps to the podium to speak during the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Pence says Republicans will retake the presidency in November because they’re being honest with Americans about the stakes in the election — and the choice facing voters.

Pence, who says Clinton will never serve as president, accepted the Republican nomination to be vice president.

Pence says he never thought he’d be standing on the stage at his party’s national convention. He joked that running mate Trump is charismatic and must have been looking for balance in choosing him.

Pence used the speech to tell his life story. He paid tribute to his mother in the audience and says his dad would be surprised at the nomination if he were still alive.

Eric Trump makes case for dad’s election

Eric Trump says his father is the one candidate for president “who does not need this job.”

Dad Donald Trump sat in the family box at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to hear his son make the case for Trump’s election to the White House.

Eric Trump says the country should put his father in the White House because America needs someone who “understands the art of the deal” and appreciates the value of a dollar.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Gingrich says Cruz actually endorsing Trump

Newt Gingrich defended Ted Cruz’s decision not to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Cruz — a bitter Trump rival from the primaries — used his speech earlier Wednesday night at the party’s convention to suggest that people vote their “conscience for anyone who will uphold the Constitution.”

Gingrich — a former House speaker who’s a Trump supporter — says Cruz’s advice actually amounts to an endorsement.

Gingrich says there’s only one candidate on the ballot in November who’ll uphold the Constitution — and that’s Trump, he says.

The convention hall booed Cruz after he finished his prime-time address — when he didn’t explicitly endorse Trump.

Cruz's refusal to endorse Trump reportedly came as no surprise to the Trump campaign. Cruz informed Trump of his plans during a telephone conversation they had two days ago, according to Cruz strategist Jason Johnson.

Gingrich warns of danger of Clinton

Newt Gingrich says people should be terrified at the prospect of Clinton as president. The former House speaker says Clinton won’t tell the American people the truth about the danger posed by Islamic extremists.

Gingrich told the Republican National Convention that the price Americans would pay for electing Clinton would be what he calls the “loss of America as we know it.”

Gingrich — a Donald Trump ally — says Islamic extremists are stronger than the Obama administration admits.

He says that instead of losing nearly 3,000 people in a Sept. 11-style attack, Americans could wake up to an attack that leaves 300,000 dead. Gingrich warns that terrorists with weapons of mass destruction could capture a U.S. city.

Trump makes good on promise to forgive big loans

Donald Trump has made good on his promise to forgive more than $47 million in loans he made to his campaign during the primary season.

New federal campaign finance reports show the GOP presidential nominee no longer is carrying a balance on his loans.

That’s as he raised $21.9 million in contributions, leaving Trump with $20.2 million in the bank.

Trump’s haul came after a disappointing May, when his campaign finished with $1.3 million.

The latest figures show the Republican Party had $21.1 million cash on hand by July 1.

Fundraising figures for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign aren’t yet available. They have to be filed by midnight Wednesday.

Trump sitting in VIP section for speeches

Donald Trump sat in the front row of the VIP section of the convention hall for the final speeches of the evening.

Trump’s daughter Ivanka turned and applauded her father as he entered just as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was finishing his speech.

The GOP presidential nominee is joined by children Tiffany and Donald Jr. along with some of his children’s spouses.

Son Eric Trump praised his father’s business record in his speech to the convention.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., waves before addressing the delegates during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Boos fill hall as Cruz ends convention speech

Boos filled the convention hall in Cleveland as one-time presidential candidate Ted Cruz finished his prime-time speech to Republican activists.

The jeers rained down after the Texas senator refused to endorse Trump — now the official GOP presidential nominee — in his address.

Cruz finished second to Trump in the delegate count and the two were bitter rivals during the primary campaign.

Cruz told supporters to vote their conscience — and not to stay home for the general election in November.

The boos stopped once Trump entered the convention hall.

Cruz says Brexit vote sign of powerful force

Cruz says the British vote to leave the European Union is sign of a powerful political force at work.

Cruz — in a speech at the Republican National Convention — isn’t explicitly supporting that decision. But he says the vote shows that people are overwhelmingly rejecting big government.

He says — in that respect — it’s a “profound victory.”

He says people are fed up with politicians who don’t listen to them and they’re weary of a corrupt system that benefits elites.

Cruz received enthusiastic applause in the convention hall when he brought up the Brexit vote.

Trump rival Cruz stops short of endorsement

Ted Cruz finished second in the delegate count to Donald Trump, but the Texas senator isn’t ready to endorse the Republican presidential nominee.

Cruz took his turn on the stage at the Republican National Convention — and he’s stopping short of endorsing his former rival.

Cruz says in remarks released before he began speaking that Americans should “vote your conscience.” He never says they should vote for Trump.

Trump and Cruz engaged in bitter recriminations during the Republican primaries. Trump repeatedly referred to Cruz as “Lyin’ Ted.” Cruz said Trump was a “pathological liar.”

Cruz is saying almost nothing about Trump in his speech. But he’s heaping criticism on Democrat Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.

Ex-Trump rival Walker scoffs at 3rd-party vote

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Republicans who are on the fence about supporting Donald Trump for president that “we can’t wait four more years.”

Walker told the Republican National Convention that “America deserves better than Hillary Clinton.”

Walker — who was one of Trump’s early challengers before dropping out of the race last year — says a vote for a protest vote for a third-party candidate is essentially a vote for Democrat Clinton.

State lawmakers appeals in Spanish for Trump

A state senator from Kentucky switched briefly to Spanish during his speech to the Republican convention and urged voters to back Donald Trump.

Ralph Alvarado says people came to the U.S. from countries that are full of corruption and dishonesty. He’s pleading with Americans not to let that happen in the U.S.

He says in America, there’s opportunity and freedom.

It’s the first time at this convention that a speaker has tried to appeal directly to Spanish-speaking voters.

Business partner calls Trump smart and tough

Businessman Phil Ruffin described Donald Trump as an honest broker who can be trusted with the job of running the country.

Ruffin is a Trump business partner. He says he’s known Trump for 20 years and says the GOP presidential nominee is smart and tough.

Ruffin spoke at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night. He was trying to undercut claims by people who’ve done business with Trump that Trump fails to pay his bills or underpays his contractors.

Ruffin says Trump pays bills promptly and that nobody lost any money.

Ruffin veered frequently from his script during the speech, and improvised while the teleprompter struggled to keep up.

‘Lock her up’ roars again

The “lock her up” chant — the “her” is Hillary Clinton — was in full roar again at the Republican National Convention.

The chant returned early in Wednesday evening’s session, with Florida Gov. Rick Scott on stage criticizing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Scott says Clinton won’t protect the borders, eliminate Islamic extremism or create jobs.

He says: “Hillary fails. She fails. She fails. She fails.” The governor says Democrats have “led us to a cliff.”