Pence campaigns to enthusiastic crowd at Wilson County rally

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ELM CITY, N.C. (WNCN) — With just a few days left before the election, Vice President Mike Pence made his way back to North Carolina on Saturday to campaign in Wilson County.

Pence stepped off of Air Force Two and began sprinting to an enthusiastic crowd waiting for him on the tarmac at the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport. 

“It’s on North Carolina, and the road to victory goes right through the Tar Heel State,” Pence said to a crowd of several hundred supporters.

“We need the people of this freedom loving state to do what they did in 2016. On November 3rd, we need North Carolina to show America that this is Trump Country,” he added.

Pence also painted a grim picture of what he believes a Biden presidency would look like. 

“Men and women of North Carolina, I really think the choice we face this Tuesday, is a choice between a Trump boom and a Biden depression,” he said.

Joshua Jones told CBS 17 he didn’t vote for Trump in 2016. But in this election, he already has. 

“In 2016, I was very confused,” Jones said about his decision back then. “Just growing up in a Democratic environment, I was basically just told to vote for what I was surrounded by and what I was hearing.”

When asked what changed his mind, Jones explained, “He’s [Trump] done a lot for the Black community, HBCU’s, and unemployment rates for Blacks.”

During his speech, Pence promised support for law enforcement. 

“When violence broke out in our cities this summer, we launched Operation Legend. It’s already seen to the arrest of more than 2,500 violent offenders in cities across America,” Pence said when referring to the protests and riots that were sparked by the death of George Floyd.

He later added, “We’re going to support law enforcement and we’re going to support our African-American communities.”

Pence also made another campaign stop in Elizabeth City on Saturday. He will be in Boone on Sunday.

On the heels of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Biden for President Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director Kate Bedingfield released the following statement:

 “Vice President Pence’s recklessness truly knows no bounds. We are on track to have the worst economic downturn in more than 70 years and thousands of new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday in North Carolina, yet Vice President Pence would rather pretend the pandemic is over than get to work to combat this pandemic. Over 4,300 North Carolinian lives have been lost to COVID-19 under the Trump administration, leaving countless families grieving and searching for real leadership they can trust. These last-ditch appearances aren’t enough to distract from the truth of the matter: Pence failed North Carolina, and this Election Day, voters will choose leadership over lies.”

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