Conservatives Saturday praised Donald Trump's selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, with Faith & Freedom Coalition head Ralph Reed saying that he has "tremendous street cred on the right" among evangelicals and social conservatives.
"He doesn't just appeal to conservatives, but someone for whom his personal faith in God inspired his public service and … gives meaning and purpose to everything he does," Reed, who founded the group in 2009, told Poppy Harlow on CNN
He said that polls showed that Trump was already winning at least 78 percent of the evangelical vote and that he "doesn't need Mike Pence to do that job for him."
"Those folks were already coming, and coming heavily," Reed said.
"What the selection of Mike Pence does is it's a unifying pick and it's a governing pick — and it's a pick that reveals a lot about Donald Trump's decision-making process.
"What it shows is that he wants somebody who's a full-spectrum conservative and he's a man of deep faith and strong core conservative convictions and somebody who has served at both state and federal level — has a very distinguished record.
"It helps unify the party and makes it clear: 'I'm here to play and I want to govern, and I want Mike Pence to be my governing partner," Reed said.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott later endorsed Pence, telling Harlow that "I clearly have a bias for governors."
"He knows how Congress works," Scott said. Pence served 12 years in the House of Representatives before he was elected governor in 2012.
"He is going to focus on first, how do we get Donald Trump elected? Then once elected, how do we implement Donald Trump's agenda."
Turning to the issue of Trump's divisive rhetoric during the campaign, Scott said that the presumptive nominee is "direct" and "blunt" — and that "he got his message across."
"Americans trust him because they know we've got to change what we're doing, because what we're doing is not working," he told Harlow. "[President] Barack Obama's policies have not worked.
"We need jobs. We need American jobs. Not saying radical Islam is a mistake.
"We've got to have a president that's going to say there is radical Islam out there."
Scott will be speaking at the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland.
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