Plans announced for Trump VP Pence event in W MI


WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — As the Democrats get set to wind up their convention in Philadelphia, the vice presidential candidate for the Republican ticket will be in West Michigan.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence told 24 Hour News 8 he will be in Grand Rapids for a campaign event Thursday.

The GOP vice presidential candidate is set to hold a town hall meeting at the DeltaPlex in Walker Thursday afternoon.

The event is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. You can register for tickets online.

The DeltaPlex was the site of Donald Trump’s only West Michigan appearance back in December.

Thursday’s setup at the DeltaPlex is more tailored for a town hall-style event.

“It’s a stage in the round,” said DeltaPlex owner Joel Langlois.

In sheer numbers, December’s Trump rally drew 7,600 people. Thursday’s town hall is expected to draw about 1,000.

“Different type of event. It’s different. More interaction with the people,” said Langlois.

Doors to the DeltaPlex are set to open at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Homemade signs and banners, cameras with detachable lens, tripods or selfie sticks are just a few of the things you can’t bring to the DeltaPlex.

You will also get turned away if you’re carrying a backpack or large bag.

Along with drawing a smaller crowd, Kent County GOP leaders say this visit also differs from Trump’s appearance in December when it comes to organization.

“We had a walkthrough this morning. It was a night and day difference compared to his visit,” said Kent County GOP Chair John Inhulsen. “Trump’s visit here in December where there really wasn’t any communications. Things were in disarray a bit.”

Thursday’s town hall is probably just the beginning when it comes to visits from the top of the tickets.

Nothing on the schedule yet, as the campaigns tend to make these decisions on the fly.

Langlois just found out about Thursday’s visit on Monday. Though he’s not complaining.

“It’s good for the local economy. We are able to keep our people busy. Typically, it’s a slower time of the year. So it’s good for my staff and it’s good to have these events,” Langlois said.

Pence is set to arrive in Grand Rapid late Wednesday evening.

There is no word from the campaign if he is scheduled for any other public or private events while he is in West Michigan.

Pence is scheduled to leave Grand Rapids Thursday afternoon and fly to Oakland County for another event.

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