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Vice President Mike Pence at CPAC: 'We need your prayers

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Vice President Mike Pence gave a rousing speech Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, asking the conservative community to give President Donald Trump and his administration their prayers.

"With your help and with God's help and with President Donald Trump in the White House...the best days for America are yet to come. Let's get to work," Pence told the crowd.

For more than 20 minutes, Pence outlined the way his friendship with Trump has grown since the former Indiana governor was asked to serve as Trump's running mate. He elicited several hearty laughs from the crowd by cracking the joke that many observers initially thought he and the soon-to-be president weren't very much alike.

But he said his friendship and respect for Trump had grown, and compared the president to the late Ronald Reagan.

"It is the greatest privilege of my life to be Vice President to a leader of such conviction, vision and courage," Pence said.

The Vice President  also assured the crowd that the cabinet  — including Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson — was the most conservative cabinet Pence had seen in his lifetime.

Pence made sure to thank the people that voted for the Trump/Pence ticket, and reminded them that the journey to success for the country hasn't ended.

"We must all of us rise to the challenge before us," he said. "The other side is not sitting idle...we gotta mobilize, we gotta march forward as if it's the most important time in the history of our movement, because it is."

The Vice President ended his speech with an anecdote about being sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The bible used during the ceremony put him in mind, he said, of a piece of scripture he shared as a metaphor for the vision of the Trump administration.

"If his people, who are called by his name, will humble themselves and pray -- [God will] hear them from heaven and he'll heal this land," Pence said.

"One nation, under God, indivisble, with liberty and justice for all," he finished.

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