11-year-old asks Pence if role in administration will be ‘softening up’ Trump’s rhetoric

A young boy questioned Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s role in Donald Trump’s potential administration Thursday morning during a campaign appearance at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

“I’ve been watching the news lately, and I’ve been noticing that you’ve been kind of softening up on Mr. Trump’s policies and words. Is this going to be your role in the administration?” asked 11-year-old Raleigh resident Matthew Schricker, much to the amusement of the few hundred people in attendance.

After joking the kid should run for governor, Pence explained how he offers balance to a ticket featuring a “larger-than-life” Donald Trump.

“Sometimes things don’t always come out like you mean,” Pence said. “Donald Trump and I are absolutely determined to work together. We have different styles. You might have noticed that.”

“But I would tell you differences in style, Matthew, should never be confused with differences in conviction ... He has the right policies for America, and I’m going to fight every day to tell his story all across the United States.”

Despite their different personalities, Pence said “he couldn’t be more proud to stand with Donald Trump” and that the two “are shoulder to shoulder in this campaign.”

Matthew said he left the town hall more comfortable that Pence would work together with Trump and support his ideas.

“My concern was that he wasn’t going full on with Trump’s strong views and I was a little worried that he was softening up,” he said.

Matthew also added: “A vocal person like Mr. Trump needs somebody to balance him out or else everything’s going to get out of control.”

Politics is a newfound passion Matthew gained from listening to his parents’ conversations. Throughout this election year, he has learned many lessons.

“Politics is the greatest thing ever — well — if you’re the person who’s not being insulted,” he said.

Bryan Anderson: 919-829-8934, @BryanRAnderson

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