Vice President Mike Pence accepted the GOP's nomination to run for reelection as vice president Wednesday night in a speech given before an audience at Fort McHenry and broadcast live on the third night of the Republican National Convention.
Pence discussed the historical significance of the fort, where American soldiers held out against bombardment by British explosives during the War of 1812. That battle, called the Battle of Baltimore, inspired the writing of the national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.
Those soldiers, he said, fought all night for "life, liberty, freedom, and the American flag."
"Those ideals have defined our nation," Pence continued. "But they were hardly ever mentioned at last week's Democratic National Convention. Instead, Democrats spent four days attacking America."
He also discussed Democratic nominee Joe Biden's comment at the DNC that Americans are "living through a season of darkness."
"But as President Trump said, where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness," Pence said.
His speech was one of two addresses in the GOP convention thus far that have been delivered live before an on-site audience. First Lady Melania Trump also addressed an audience live at the White House Rose Garden, on Tuesday night. Other addresses have been pre-recorded or delivered to a mostly empty venue after the coronavirus pandemic led both parties to cancel their original plans for traditional conventions.
"With gratitude for the confidence President Donald Trump has placed in me, the support of our Republican Party and the grace of God," Pence said, "I humbly accept your nomination to run and serve as vice president of the United States."
He argued that Americans need to reelect Trump because "our country needs a president who believes in America, who believes in the boundless capacity of the American people, to meet any challenge, defeat any foe, and defend the freedoms we hold dear."