VP Pence promises more visits to Wisconsin ahead of election

The VP visit comes at the same time Democrats hold their National Convention in Milwaukee--much of it virtually.
Published: Aug. 19, 2020 at 11:37 AM CDT
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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WBAY) - Vice President Mike Pence touted President Donald Trump’s economic record during a visit to a Wisconsin manufacturer Wednesday.

The VP visit comes at the same time Democrats hold their National Convention in Milwaukee--much of it virtually.

Pence spoke in front of a friendly crowd at metal fabricator Tankcraft in Darien, a village east of Janesville. Pence touted the administration’s “America First trade policies.” The administration says its “pro-growth policies” have resulted in the creation of 15,000 manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin since 2016.

VP Pence in Darien

FIRST ALERT: Vice President Mike Pence is visiting Darien, Wisconsin.

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Air Force Two touched down in Janesville Wednesday morning. From there, the Vice President traveled to Darien for his address.

President Donald Trump visited Oshkosh Monday on the opening day of the DNC.

Pence stressed the absence of Democratic candidates for president in Wisconsin over the past eight years. Hillary Clinton failed to visit the Badger State while she was running for president in 2016.

“I heard on the way here Joe Biden hasn’t actually been to Wisconsin in 659 days. In fact, the last time you saw a Democrat nominee for president in the Badger State was back in 2012. I’m here to tell you, get used to seeing us because President Donald Trump and I are going to be back in Wisconsin again and again to earn four more years in the White House,” Pence said.

In 2020, Democrats and Republicans are competitively courting Wisconsin voters. The state voted blue for decades prior to Trump’s win in 2016. Wisconsin is seen as a swing state that could go either way in November.

Supporters of Democratic candidate Joe Biden shot back by criticizing the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19.

“Mike Pence and Donald Trump have failed Wisconsin. COVID-19 cases continue to rise, communities across the state don’t have access to sufficient testing supplies, and health care facilities lack proper protective equipment to keep their essential workers safe. As the Democratic National Convention continues, the contrast between Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ unifying vision for America and Trump and Pence’s failed leadership could not be more stark,” says Danielle Melfi, Biden for President Wisconsin.

The DNC’s Wednesday speakers include Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, former President Barack Obama, and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers.

Biden is scheduled to make his nomination speech Thursday from his home in Delaware.

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