Vice President Pence holds rally near Grand Rapids

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CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The vice president spoke to a few hundred supporters Wednesday in the Grand Rapids area, telling them why four more years of the Trump-Pence ticket would be good for them.

Pence started talking around 12:50 p.m. He spoke for about an hour, highlighting the accomplishments of the Trump administration.

From jobs to religious freedoms to cutting regulations, Pence made his case to once again try and put Michigan in the win column as they did in 2016 — The first time a Republican ticket had taken the state since 1988.

The “Make America Great Again” rally was at the Lacks Enterprises, Inc. facility on Kraft Avenue, which is near the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Cascade Township.

Peter Meijer, the Republican running for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, greeted and introduced Pence.

Peter Meijer, the Republican candidate for the 3rd U.S. District, and Vice President Mike Pence wave shortly after the vice president arrived at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Cascade Township Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020.
Peter Meijer, the Republican candidate for the 3rd U.S. District, and Vice President Mike Pence wave shortly after the vice president arrived at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Cascade Township Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020.

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, said he was going to appear to with Pence. However, he said he took a rapid test before the event that came back positive for COVID-19. He said he’s self-isolating while he waits for confirmed results.

Pence brought up the confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, who was appointed to fill the seat held by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The vice president brought up criticism some have had about Barrett’s faith and how it may affect her rulings.

“I have a message to the Democrats and their Hollywood friends: That dogma lives loudly in me. That dogma lives loudly in you. And the right to live and work and worship, according to the dictates of our faith, lives loudly in the constitution of the United States in America,” Pence said.

He also pointed out both former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, have refused to answer if they would add more Supreme Court justices if they were to win.

Many stood in line hours before the rally started Wednesday afternoon. Those attending the event were instructed to wear masks, had their temperature taken and had access to hand sanitizer.

People line up before Vice President Mike Pence visits the Lacks Enterprises, Inc. facility on Kraft Avenue on Oct. 14, 2020.
People line up before Vice President Mike Pence visits the Lacks Enterprises, Inc. facility on Kraft Avenue on Oct. 14, 2020.

Before the event, a plane flying with a “Trump & Pence want to take your healthcare” banner flew overhead.

Plane flying with a "Trump & Pence want to take your healthcare" banner over Mike Pence rally near Grand Rapids on Oct. 14, 2020.
Plane flying with a “Trump & Pence want to take your healthcare” banner over Mike Pence rally near Grand Rapids on Oct. 14, 2020.

After the event, News 8 Political Reporter Rick Albin asked Pence about the revelation that a number of people were allegedly planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Pence was also asked about Whitmer’s remarks about the president’s comments that she says equated to a “call to action.”

“I think it’s unfortunate that the governor of Michigan would take the opportunity of what was a great success for law enforcement and for the FBI to make some political point. These are anti-government militia people, people who have actually opposed President Trump,” Pence said. “The American people can be confident that we’re going to stand strong against any of those that would bring violence to our streets, those that would bring violence to law enforcement or innocent civilians or anyone that would threaten a public official in this state or anywhere in this country.”

Wednesday’s visit was just one of many to the state by the Trump team in the final weeks of the campaign.

The president will be in Muskegon on Friday.

Michigan is considered to be a critical state in the November election. President Donald Trump will be campaigning in Muskegon County Saturday. Former Vice President Joe Biden visited Grand Rapids earlier this month.

A poll released Wednesday shows Biden is leading Trump in Michigan.

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