Former Vice President Mike Pence revealed who and what led him to certify the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden earlier this year on the same day that rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building, and one of those influences was a former American president.
The fourth one, to be exact.
Pence noted during a question-and-answer session at the University of Iowa that he was influenced by the Bible and founder James Madison after being asked by a man in the audience about who persuaded him “to buck (former) President (Donald) Trump’s plan and certify the votes?” the Des Moines Register reported.
“James Madison,” Pence responded, mentioning the former president who is also considered by many to be the “father of the Constitution.”
CNN noted further that the former VP also said he relied on the Bible when making the decision and said: “Psalm 15 says, ‘He who keeps his oath even when it hurts.’”
But, he also said that he remains concerned about voting procedures in some states.
“I continue to share those concerns, and I support efforts in states to improve voter integrity as has been done in places like Georgia and Arizona and elsewhere,” he said.
“The only role of the federal government is to open and count the electoral votes that were sent by the states. You’ve got to be willing to do your duty,” Pence said.
Trump called on Pence a number of times between election day and Jan. 6 not to certify results from states he felt arrived at questionable electoral outcomes due to changes made to election laws by state officials prior to voting.
Nevertheless, the Des Moines Register said Pence was stuck by his decision.
“I understand the disappointment in the election,” he said. “You might remember I was on the ballot. But you’ve got to be willing to do your duty.
“And the time may come that some of you are in that position or one like it. And I just have a feeling based on the shining faces I’m seeing around here you’re going to be men and women who do your duty in that time as well,” he added.
Millions of Trump’s supporters were disappointed in and angry with, Pence for certifying electoral votes from some of the key battleground states where voting rules were changed, the paper reported.
Some of those at the Jan. 6 Capitol protest chanted: “Hang Mike Pence.”