VP candidate Mike Pence emphasizes N.C.’s importance at Greenville rally

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Vice presidential candidate Mike Pence spoke at a rally in Greenville Thursday where he reiterated the message delivered by so many of the candidates and campaign surrogates who have visited North Carolina over the past months: Get out and vote.

“”North Carolina is coming together,” said Pence. “We’re going to make Donald Trump the next president of the United States of America.”

Pence kicked off his rally at the Rock Springs Center by bringing up opponent Hillary Clinton and her ongoing email scandal, painting the Clintons as beneficiaries of self-dealing, conflict of interest politics and outright corruption.

“We must ensure here in North Carolina that Hillary Clinton is never elected president of the United States of America,” said Pence.

After taking a jab at the Clintons, Pence got down to the issues. He covered running mate Donald Trump’s plans for national security, safety for law enforcement and the economy.

“They tell us this economy is the best we can do,” said Pence. “Well you and I know different here in North Carolina. It’s not the best we can do. It’s just the best they can do. And when Donald trump becomes president of the United States we’re going to put time honored conservative principles into practice, and we’re going to get this economy moving again.”

Before leaving, Pence once again spurred his supporters to go out and vote, harping on North Carolina’s importance.

“This race is on,” said Trump. “We are coming out of the fourth turn, it’s wheel to wheel, and we are going to sprint all the way to the checkered flag.”

It’s not secret North Carolina is a swing state, and voters at the rally seemed to love the pressure.

“It’s pretty neat…the state I live in is such a big such a big deciding factor in this election,” said Christy Holland, a Trump supporter. “We’ve never really had that here.”

Trump supporter Ronald Toppin was pleased to see North Carolina receive recognition.

“It’s always rested in North Carolina’s hands in my opinion,” said Toppin. “We just finally getting recognized for it.”

Pence is not scheduled to make any more stops in North Carolina before Election Day. He was in Jacksonville Saturday before Thursday’s Greenville visit.

Donald Trump will be in Wilmington Saturday and then Raleigh on Monday

Doors have opened at the Mike Pence rally in Greenville, where vice presidential candidate Mike Pence will speak at 1:30 p.m.

The rally is taking place at the Rock Springs Center, and it is Pence’s second trip to eastern North Carolina.





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