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GOP VP nominee Mike Pence: Democrats, media 'helpless' to figure out Trump

Mike Pence: Trump perseveres and does not quit

CLEVELAND — Donald Trump's meteoric rise within the Republican Party has Democrats and the media out of sorts, GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said Wednesday night.

"The funny thing is, the party in power seems helpless to figure out our nominee. The media has the same problem. They all keep telling each other that the usual methods will work against him," Pence said in prepared remarks at the Republican National Convention.

"They keep thinking they've done him in, only to wake up the next morning and find that Donald Trump is still standing and running stronger than ever before. The man just doesn't quit," he said.

Trump's rise certainly took many by surprise, as media outlets and pundits alike counted him out numerous times before becoming the GOP standard bearer.

Presumptive Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence
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"He is tough. He perseveres. He's gone about as far as you can go in business, yet he has never turned his back on the working men and women who make this country go," Pence said.

Pence, often using self-deprecation, also used the RNC stage to introduce himself to other GOP members and the rest of the U.S.

The Indiana governor described himself as someone who "grew up on the front row of the American dream," adding he sees himself as a Christian, a conservative and a Republican "in that order."

Trump announced Pence would be his running mate on Friday.

Previously, the Pence was best known for his stance against LGBT rights.

Last year, Pence signed the Freedom Restoration Act, which lets Indiana residents reject members of the LGBT community by citing religious reasons.