Mike Pence says faith is at the 'very core' of Donald Trump

Donald Trump (right) points at his running mate, Indiana governor Mike Pence.Reuters

Some people from the faith community still doubt the veracity of Donald Trump's Christian faith, but according to his running mate Mike Pence, there is no question as to the authenticity of the Republican presidential nominee's faith.

During the Family Research Council's annual Values Voters Summit held on Saturday, the Republican vice presidential nominee vowed to champion faith values and promote religious liberty, defund abortion service provider Planned Parenthood, and champion pro-family policies.

"Donald Trump and I know that to confront these challenging times, we have to recognise that our present crisis is not merely economic and political, but moral in nature," Pence said, according to The Christian Post.

"We will not restore this nation with public policy alone. It will require public virtue. And that emanates from the traditional institutions of our nation of family and religion," Pence continued. "At the centre of all of our policies will be the notion of the importance and the paramount importance of the family, and also will be at the centre of our policies will be a commitment to ensure the vitality and the freedom of religion of every American and every religious institution in the land."

During their campaign, Pence said he and Trump wanted to make it a point to pray together. But with so many things to do, Pence said he was not sure if Trump would be able to do that. He was pleased to find out though that the presidential hopeful would always find a way to pray.

"I thought it might have passed out of his mind. It might have been something we'd forget," Pence said. "But, no, sure enough, he came walking right up to me and he grabbed me by the hand and grabbed my wife and my daughter by the hand, and he asked Karen to pray. And she did."

Because of that simple gesture, Pence is convinced Trump's devotion to God is genuine, and it's not something he conveniently came up with to lure voters.

"I'll tell you what. I think at the very core, the very heart, of this good man is a faith," Pence said. "It's a faith in God and a faith in the American people. And what I ask you to do today is to – is to work every day in what remains of this election to restore that kind of faith back to the centre of the American government. We can do it, but it's not going to be done without you."