Vice President Mike Pence gave an often boastful campaign-style speech Wednesday to the closing session of the Southern Baptist Convention ' annual meeting in Dallas, winning several standing ovations even as some evangelicals criticized his appearance.

Pence repeatedly made clear that the SBC is viewed by him and President Donald Trump as a vital part of their conservative base heading into the midterm elections. The SBC is the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. Pence called it "one of the greatest forces for good anywhere in America."

Pence devoted much of his speech to touting the Trump administration's achievements. He said, "It's been 500 days of action ... 500 days of promises made and promises kept."