MINOT, N.D. - Minot air force base was a world stage Friday afternoon, as vice president Mike Pence addressed the nation's enemies.
"Anyone who would threaten our nation, should know, that America always seeks peace, but if we are forced to defend ourselves, or our allies, we will do so with military power that is effective and overwhelming," said Pence.
Pence's speech served as a pep rally of sorts, galvanizing the service men and women on the base, while highlighting North Dakota's integral role in national defense.
"You are the only military installation in the world to host two of the three legs in the nuclear triad," said Pence.
Minot Air Force base wasn't chosen by accident.
The base itself sits atop an arsenal of ICBMs, Intercontinental Ballistic Missles, capable of reaching enemy shores in under an hour.
"Lets put it this way, he was in Colorado last night, and there are lots of places to stop between Colorado and Washington, D.C., and he chose this one. I suspect a lot of things went into that calculation, and it wasn't to get a sun tan," said Rep. Kevin Cramer, R, N.D.
But lawmakers acknowledge, with this great power lying dormant under the base, comes great responsibility.
"It's a simple message to me, it's peace through strength. The US has not been the aggressor in our history, but we've been the defender of freedom round the world, and I think that when people understand that we have the strength, that leads to peace," said Gov. Doug Burgum.
The vice president also said the ink is dry on a deal that would increase military spending by the largest margin in 10 years.