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Mike Pence holds Winston-Salem rally to support Trump

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Zachary Weaver / The Carolinian

Zachary Weaver
  News Editor

Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Pence led a campaign rally at Winston-Salem’s Millennium Center on Tuesday, August 30 to speak on his and Trump’s campaign goals. Pence was introduced by Ted Budd, a Republican Congressional candidate for North Carolina’s 13th district.

“I appreciate Ted’s introduction,” Pence began, “but the one I prefer is a little shorter. I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.”

Pence spoke on immigration reform, economic recovery, opposition to Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton, support of law enforcement, all working towards the campaign goal of Making America Great Again.

Pence began his speech by speaking on his and Trump’s backgrounds, saying that Trump came from a family of builders, and is comfortable with workers and executives alike.

“He knows who does the work in this country,” Pence said, “Who grows the food, who builds the roads and bridges, tends to our sick, teaches our kids.”

Pence emphasized the goal of union in his campaign, opening that Democrat politics had fostered division.

“There is more in the United States that unites us than divides us,” Pence said.

Pence also spoke of his and Trump’s support for law enforcement, and his intent to rebuild the military and support soldiers.

“As the chief law enforcement officer of the United States,” Pence said, “a President Donald Trump will support our law enforcement without apology.”

Pence also criticized Clinton for foundation donors, her email scandal, and Benghazi. He also said that she plans to raise taxes and spending by $1 trillion, as well as expand Obamacare and the ‘War on Coal.’

“I’m starting to feel some Clinton corruption fatigue,” Pence said.

Pence called Democrat policies ‘stale,’ saying that the Left offered old ideas that he saw as ineffective.

“The choice in this election could not be more clear,” Pence said. “It’s change vs. the status quo.”

Pence also criticized the Obama administration, saying that it had weakened the both the US’s economy and global standing. He called Obama’s foreign policy ‘weak’ and ‘leading from behind,’ saying that the world needed America to be strong for its safety.

Pence also insinuated responsibility for Obama’s policies in ISIS’s rise to prominence, and criticized his recent payment of $400 million – construed as ransom for release of US hostages – payed to Iran.

“We cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies, and abandoning our friends,” Pence said.

Pence also spoke on Trump’s economic plan, which includes tax, regulatory, trade, and energy reform. He said that Trump plans to cut taxes across the board, support small businesses and the middle class, end the ‘death tax,’ and cut taxes to US businesses to jobs stateside.

Pence stated that Trump’s plan will reignite the economy and get every American into work.

Pence also stated that Trump will repeal every Obama executive order that he said is stifling growth and jobs in America. He also stated that a Trump administration would feature less government, less taxes, and fewer regulations, along with a focus on low-cost energy and smarter trade deals.

Pence also opined that economic improvements in Indiana and abroad are in spite of Obama Administration policies, not because of them.

“They tell us that this economy is the best we can do,” Pence said. “This is not the best we can do, not even close. It’s just the best they can do.”

Pence emphasized developing US coal and natural resources, invoking policy comparisons to Ronald Reagan.

“On day one we are going to end the war on coal and unleash the boundless potential of the American economy by developing all of the above.”

Pence stated that the election will determine the next Supreme Court justices, saying voters must elect Trump, who would protect the ‘sanctity of life’ and the 2nd Amendment.

“If you cherish the Constitution,” Pence said, “if you cherish those God-given liberties… If you believe the role of the court is to uphold the Constitution… You’d better think about it.”

Pence ended the rally by appealing to North Carolina voters to pray for the nation, and elect Donald Trump if they wanted what he said.

“If you want a president who will upend the status quo,” Pence concluded, “then you have just one choice.”

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