VP Pence campaigns for Walker in Green Bay; Dems respond

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker Wednesday during a visit to the Green Bay area.

Air Force Two arrived at Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport shortly after noon. The vice president and Gov. Walker got off the plane together. They were met by U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir.

Click here to watch Air Force Two's arrival at Austin Straubel.

"We need four more years of Gov. Walker," Pence said during his speech at Oneida Golf and Country Club. Pence says President Donald Trump is planning an upcoming visit to Wisconsin. He did not elaborate.

"Over the last eight years, Walker has taken on public employee unions, balanced budget and cut taxes by $8 billion for people of Wisconsin," Pence said. "That is incredible. Invested in K-12, froze tuition at Wisconsin campuses, best state to run business, created jobs and secured Foxconn."

From Green Bay, the vice president traveled to Eau Claire for another Wisconsin GOP and Gov. Scott Walker event.

Walker is running for this third term as governor of Wisconsin. Democrat Tony Evers, the state's superintendent of schools, is challenging Walker at the polls. Evers has been endorsed by former President Barack Obama.

A Marquette University Law School Poll released Wednesday shows the race is nearly deadlocked. Walker is holding onto a 47-46 percentage point lead prior to the Nov. 6 election.

Local democrats held a news conference ahead the vice president's visit. State Sen. Caleb Frostman and State Sen. Dave Hansen discussed what they call Walker and Pence's "disastrous health care agenda." They criticized the governor's refusal to take federal dollars to expand BadgerCare.

One of the biggest campaign issues has been health care and coverage of pre-existing conditions. Democrats claim Walker wants to strip coverage of pre-existing conditions by supporting a repeal of the federal health care law. Walker promises he'll make sure a law is in place that guarantees Wisconsin residents have coverage for pre-existing conditions.

"This administration is going to stand with the governor and create more free markets in health care and we will always protect pre-existing conditions in Wisconsin," Pence said.

"I think this trip by Vice President Mike Pence highlights just how clear our choice is this November. Between a candidate that will protect pre-existing conditions and fight for lower drug prices in Tony Evers, or a governor who has continued his assault on the Affordable Care Act," said Staush Gruszynski, Democratic candidate for Assembly District 90.

The democrats also talked about enthusiasm among their base.

"I think they are afraid of a potential Blue Wave. The energy on the progressive side is there," Frostman said. "We're burning shoe leather. We're talking to folks at the door, on the phone. People are putting in the work this election cycle, so I think they see that and they're scared."

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin released this statement:

"Today, as millions of Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions worry about the future of their health coverage, Scott Walker and Leah Vukmir welcomed Vice President Pence and his anti-health care agenda into our state. Walker, Vukmir, and Pence have worked for years to undermine access to affordable health care, and all three support the lawsuit that would eliminate protections for the 2.4 million Wisconsinites with a pre-existing condition. Make no mistake, health care is on the ballot this November, and Wisconsin has a chance to elect a governor and re-elect a U.S. Senator who aren't afraid to stand up to the White House when its policies threaten millions of hardworking people across the state."