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Convention cheers SC’s McMaster for speech nominating Trump

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster had his moment in the spotlight Tuesday, winning the Republican National Convention’s approval with his speech nominating Donald Trump to be the party’s presidential nominee.

McMaster opened with a joke at his own expense, saying he asked his wife if she had “ever, in her wildest dreams, seen me standing here nominating Donald Trump for president.”

His wife Peggy replied, "I hate to tell you, but I've never seen you in any of my wildest dreams."

In January, the Columbia Republican was the first statewide elected official in the country to endorse Trump. To thank him for his support, Trump asked McMaster to deliver a nominating speech.

"The American people have had enough. I've had enough. you've had enough,” McMaster shouted, raising a fist in the air.

McMaster said he was impressed with Trump, a man of “uncommon strength” and determination. “He may be the only man equipped to win the ferocious battle ahead.”

McMaster said he was moved by the way thousands would wait in line for hours to see Trump at rallies and how Trump would spend greeting supporters on the rope line.

“You must have glimpsed his tenderness last night with Melania,” he added, referring to Trump’s interactions with his wife before and after her convention speech Monday.

“We know this man loves his family, and he is walking away from a business enterprise ... because he loves his country. We are awakened and we are filled with the furious resolve to fight and to win for our children, and their children and their children and for the world."

McMaster roused more approval from the audience with a folksy ending.

“To paraphrase one of the poets of our time, Buffalo Springfield, There's something happening here. What it is is precisely clear.

“We are going to make America great again!”

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