CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20: Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence acknowledges the crowd as he walks on stage to deliver a speech on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Donald Trump's candidacy jumbled the conservative movement. But more than a year into his presidency, the onetime Democrat holds what seems to be a near-total grip.
The largest annual gathering of conservatives has all the looks of a Trump festival, with Republican critics shut out from the event outside the nation's capital.
Vice President Mike Pence has addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference, and he's offered a defense of the Trump agenda and tried to rally activists for the fall elections.
Pence tells the crowd: "Your president and I need you to show up." He's appealing them to "defend all that we've accomplished."