On his nationally syndicated radio show Monday, Rush Limbaugh was joined by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican vice presidential nominee.
Limbaugh asked the governor what he thought about the wide differences in polls, with some showing the race even between his running mate, Donald Trump, and Democrat Hillary Clinton, and others showing Clinton significantly ahead.
“Well, you know, I think Abraham Lincoln said believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see. So I do believe what I see,” Pence said, telling of the huge crowds that have come out to see Trump on the campaign trail.
“I mean, people really want change in this country,” he said.
Pence continued, “And, you know, the polls, I think the Rasmussen polls got us up a couple of points. Nationally, I know in North Carolina where I just landed, I think we’re just down one at this point. Look, this race is on.”
He said he believes the mainstream media have been trying to give the impression that Trump can’t win.
“It’s clear to me the national media is trying to build a narrative to support Hillary Clinton by suggesting this thing is all rolled up, and nothing could be further from the truth,” Pence said.
“I’ve never seen the kind of enthusiasm at the grassroots that I see campaigning with or for Donald Trump,” he said.
Pence said many Americans support the GOP ticket because they know things aren’t going well and they are tired of people telling them they are crazy for feeling that way.
“The American people, I think, are tired of being told … they’re tired of being told this is as good as it gets,” he said.
The governor continued, “They’re tired of being told, like Ronald Reagan used to say, that little intellectual elite in a far distant capital can plan our lives better for us than we can plan them for ourselves. Donald Trump has made an incredible connection with everyday Americans.”
Pence added that he believes that connection will result in a victory on Election Day.
“And I really do believe that in the days that remain in this campaign, you’re going to continue to see the American people well up and make Donald Trump the 45th president of the United States,” he said.
As for those saying that Trump will get blown out and contribute to the loss of Republican seats in the House and Senate, Pence isn’t buying that, either.
“I honestly think it’s all just tactical by Hillary’s team and by her allies in the national media,” he said.
“You know, there’s two ways you can defeat your opponent. Number one is you can defeat them outright, or number two, you can just demoralize them. I think that’s what they’re trying to do here. But I don’t think the American people are buying it.”
Pence said that if he could deliver one message to supporters of the Trump campaign, it would be don’t believe the media hype and don’t lose faith.
“So, you know, anyone within the sound of my voice, I would just tell them, don’t buy the media spin, don’t buy the Hillary spin,” he said.
“This race is on, it’s a fight, and it’s to the finish, and we’re going keep fighting hard for the American people, not just to elect the Trump-Pence team, but to re-elect Republican majorities in the House and Senate so we can move that contract with the American voter and make America great again.”
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