RNC 2016: Former Scotland representative calls Pence solid conservative

CLEVELAND — North Carolina Republican Chairman Robin Hayes said the selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s running mate will provide momentum for the party.

Hayes, who represented Scotland County in Congress and served with Pence from 2001 to 2008, said his former colleague was “a very solid conservative.”

“Mike Pence, by nature, is a bit quieter,” Hayes said. “He’s as solid as a rock. His faith and his family are critically important to him. That, to me, produced stability. It produces an anchor that is a good balance to, sometimes maybe, a little bit too much excitement.”

The “excitement” Trump brings has alienated some Republicans, but Hayes said most in the party are behind their presumptive presidential nominee.

“Republicans are encouraged to take a stand, to stand up for what they believe in. They were heard very strongly. Now, we move on,” he said. “There are some high-profile folks who’ve said, under no circumstances, will they get on board. That’s unfortunate. I think they’ve made mistakes there. By the same token, the large majority, the electoral majority to elect Donald Trump, is very much unified and going forward.”

State delegates will formally nominate Trump and Pence today.

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