11-Year-Old to Pence: Will Your Job Just Be Damage Control for Trump?

August 4, 2016

An 11-year-old boy asked Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, at an event Wednesday in North Carolina if his main role in a Trump administration would be softening the Republican nominee’s controversial rhetoric.

"Good morning Governor Pence," the boy said. "I’ve been watching the news lately, and I’ve been noticing that you have been kind of softening up on Mr. Trump’s–uh–policies and words. Is this going to be your role in the administration?"

The crowd started laughing.

"What’s your name, son?" Pence asked.

"Matthew," he responded.

"Matthew!" Pence said. "What did you say that I’ve been doing?"

Matthew said that Pence has been softening up the comments that Trump has been making.

Pence laughed.

"What I’ve learned, Matthew, and you’ll learn it when you’re governor of North Carolina–I’m not kidding about that," Pence said through laughter. "Sometimes things don’t always come out like you mean, right? And Donald Trump and I are absolutely determined to work together."

Pence pointed out that they do have different styles of going about things.

"We have different styles," he said. "You might have noticed that."

Pence cited what he said at the Republican National Convention, that Trump was chosen by the American public due to his "larger than life" personality and charisma.

"So, they wanted to kind of balance the ticket," he joked.

To drive the point home, Pence told the crowd about something he found on the internet.

"I went on a motorcycle ride last Friday," he said. "I ride motorcycles. Any bikers in the room? So, somebody posted on the internet a picture of me on a motorcycle, and we were leading the annual governors ride in Indiana, and underneath it it said, ‘born to be mild.’"