Republican VP Candidate Mike Pence Pushes GOP Ticket In Mesa

Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 10:13am
Updated: Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 9:19am
(Photo by Mariana Dale -KJZZ)
Gov. Mike Pence on the stage at the Mesa Convention Center.

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence made his fourth stop in Arizona Wednesday morning.

Gov. Doug Ducey introduced Pence and touted his record as governor of Indiana.

"Mike knows that government does not create jobs so he got out of the way and let the free market thrive,” Ducey said.

Pence devoted the bulk of his 50-minute speech to boosting his running mate and GOP campaign promises.

"I truly do believe this election is about our security. It’s about our prosperity,” Pence told an audience of more than 500 at the Mesa Convention Center.

He said Donald Trump would cut taxes for working families and businesses. On day one, Trump would sign a moratorium on new federal regulations.

Pence also invited the audience to consider the year’s past the next presidency. He said while the president may serve four years, they have the potential to set the tone for decades of the Supreme Court.

He implied Hillary Clinton would handpick judges favoring a particular point of view.

“The Supreme Court is not a representative branch of the government,” Pence said. “It’s there to uphold the constitution of the United States of America.”

In closing, Pence told the audience to not only vote, but to reach out to others.

“I think it’s time to say with one voice to our fellow Republicans across Arizona, it’s time to come home,” Pence said.

It's likely many in the audience had already cast their vote, like more than 1 million Arizonans.

John Coulthard had, but was still in line before 8 a.m. to get a seat at the convention center.

"I'm here because I want to do my utmost to get the person in the White House that can save the country from ruin, in my opinion," Coulthard said.

Coulthard, who carried a small notebook to take notes said he wanted to hear Pence address a plan for creating more full-time jobs for citizens and reining in illegal immigration.

He said Mike Pence added focus to the GOP ticket.

"He gives more of the impression of being presidential actually than Donald Trump does."

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