Mike Pence Thanks Donald Trump in Emotional Farewell Speech

Former Vice President Mike Pence has thanked former President Donald Trump for giving him the opportunity to serve during an emotional farewell speech delivered in his home state of Indiana.

Pence spoke to a crowd of more than 60 people at the airport in Columbus, Indiana, on Wednesday, following President Joe Biden's inauguration and the swearing-in of Pence's successor, Vice President Kamala Harris.

He spoke at a podium bearing the words "Back home again" and with the song "Back Home Again in Indiana" playing before his speech. Pence said he and his wife Karen would move back to the state.

"I've already promised Karen will be moving back to Indiana come this summer," Pence said.

"There's no place like home," he said.

Pence spoke for 15 minutes and appeared emotional at times. He also made reference to Biden. The former vice president chose to attend Biden's inauguration rather than participate in Trump's farewell event at Joint Base Andrews.

"Today, we inaugurated a new president and a new vice president, and allow me to offer my congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris," he said.

"Let me also take a moment to thank President Trump and Melania for all they've done to make America great," Pence went on.

"I will always be grateful for the opportunity that they gave us to serve and the way they allowed us to make a difference in the life of this nation."

"Serving as your vice president was the greatest honor of my life. But now that that season of service has come to an end, we just had to come home," he said.

"As we come home, thank you for giving us the privilege of serving the United States of America as vice president."

"While we don't know what the future holds," Pence said, "we know who holds the future. I'm absolutely confident that the best days, for this one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, are yet to come."

Former second lady Karen Pence also made some remarks. She reportedly held back tears and at one point kissed the former VP.

"This is the exact same plane that took us to Washington, and Mike wanted to sit in the jump seat," she said. "He wanted to take it all in. He wanted to get that clear perspective. Landing here back home again in Indiana, in Columbus, Indiana, he got that perspective."

Pence was governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. He was running for a second term in 2016 until he was chosen as the vice-presidential nominee to join Donald Trump on the Republican ticket.

Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence
Former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, after the inauguration of President Joe Biden on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Pence gave a farewell address in Columbus, Indiana. Melina Mara - Pool/Getty Images