Wayne County, Ind. delegate John Meredith, of Richmond, Ind., said this year’s Republican convention feels a lot different from the 2012 convention in Tampa, Fla.
“We have a very good position on the floor this year, whereas in the past we’ve kind of been in the back of the room,” Meredith said. “So we’ll get a front row seat to history. This is a very historic event for Indiana delegates and Indiana politicos.”
Meredith said this year there are armed guards inside the delegate buses — something he did not see in 2012 when he was an alternative delegate.
“Everyone has a heightened sense of awareness. … A lot of tension in the air, you can feel that,” Meredith said.
The delegates were all briefed on security Sunday.
Meredith, a business owner of 31 years in Richmond, said Donald Trump won his congressional district in the Indiana primary, so they are bound to vote for him on the first round.
As for Indiana Governor Mike Pence being the vice presidential pick, Meredith said that’s caused the Indiana delegates to get extra attention.
“We’re getting a lot of attention, the Indiana delegates are because everybody wants to know ‘How is Mike, what do you know of him, is he a good guy?’” Meredith said. “It’s exciting to be part of history in the making.”
Meredith called Pence an “honest, hardworking governor.” He said Pence balances the Republican ticket due to Trump being a “lightning rod.”
“Governor Pence he’s been an incredible champion of business on the public sector and of course Donald Trump and what he’s achieved in the business private sector … I think those two together are going to be a formidable force for economic growth and recovery,” Meredith said.
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