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>> We're wrapping up this transition on schedule, and under budget.>> He's just hours from taking the nation's second highest office. And for Mike Pence, the heavy lifting has just begun. Trump counting on Pence as his number one emissary to unruly Republicans on Capitol Hill. A mild mannered buffer between lawmakers and the combative boss.
Whose relationships on the Hill were badly frayed by campaign calls for walls, trade barriers and banning entry to Muslims. Politics correspondent, Steve Holland.>> Donald Trump is the showboat. Mike Pence is starkly different, more behind the scenes, low key. But Trump really relies on Mike Pence for a lot of his agenda.
Pence is a former congressman, and the Republicans on Capitol Hill, they feel like he's the adult in the room.>> That could make Pence one of the most powerful Vice Presidents in history, but it's a double-edged sword.>> Pence is the Donald interpreter, but there are some times when he just simply can't do it.
Back when that video surfaced of Donald Trump making inappropriate remarks about women.>> When you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything.>> Mike Pence said that he can not defend that, and he sort of disappeared for a little while. But then he later resurfaced and said that he never did think of dropping from the ticket, but it was a tense moment there.
>> That strategy won't be an option once things heat up on Capitol Hill.>> Do you believe that health care is a right?>> Democrats have spent the last week demonstrating in confirmation hearings they will not quietly acquiesce. And are likely to use any tools they can to block Trump's agenda.
>> Ready to go to work.>> Pence's first tough assignment, getting GOP lawmakers behind Trump's call to replace Obamacare soon after they go to scrap it, rather than waiting up to three years as many on the Hill would prefer.