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Never Hillary: Mike Pence Holds Final Solo Rally of 2016 Election in Pennsylvania

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence delivers remarks at a rally on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 in Maitland, Fla. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images

ERIE, Pennsylvania — Indiana Governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence took the stage at Penn State Behrend for his final solo rally of the 2016 presidential election cycle on Monday, where he urged the crowd to “ensure, here and now, in Pennsylvania, that Hillary Clinton will never be elected president of the United States of America.”

The crowd chanted, “lock her up!” a reference to the FBI investigation into the former secretary of state’s private email server and the Clinton Foundation. At one point, Mike Pence said, “we cannot have four more years apologizing to our enemies and a abandoning our friends.”

Someone shouted, “Justice for all!” from the crowd.

“We’ve got a basket of the American people that are saying enough is enough,” Pence said.

He focused his final solo talk on fixing taxes, implementing regulations, revitalizing American energy, trade, and the Supreme Court.

“From the man who wrote The Art of The Deal, trade is going to mean jobs. But trade is going to mean American jobs first,” Pence assured. “We are going to renegotiate NAFTA, we are going to get out of this trans-Pacific thing, and hold all our trade partners accountable for the commitments they make to all our partners all around the world.”

Pence arrived in Pennsylvania, fresh off the plane from another rally in Traverse City, Michigan.

“We are leading in every national poll after another and we are going to win this thing,” Pence said at the airport at Michigan’s Cherry Capital Airport. “This election is not just a choice between two people. It’s a choice between two futures,” Pence said.

“I choose the stronger America. I choose a more prosperous America. I choose an America that chooses and upholds our highest Constitutional liberties, so I choose to stand with Donald Trump.”

In Pennsylvania, Pence said that Clinton wants to raise taxes by a trillion dollars, whereas “Donald Trump will lower taxes,” so that families and businesses can thrive. “We’re going to use American energy to power an American comeback.”

The crowd cheered.

“We’re gonna drain the swamp,” he said. “We’re gonna put our common sense, conservative principles into practice and we’re gonna get this economy working for everyone.”

According to polls, Pennsylvania is leaning Democrat, and Clinton has an approximately a 4-point lead over Trump in the Keystone State, which brings 20 Electoral College votes with it.

Pence recalled how he received an 11 p.m. phone call from Trump, whose voice he described as “familiar,” and that he said, “‘Mike, it’s gonna be great.’ And it has been. And it will be when we elect Donald Trump as president of the United States.”

Before ending his final solo rally, he invited his wife Karen — Indiana’s First Lady — up on stage. His voice sounded filled with pride and emotion as he told the crowd, “we’ve done it together.” Their daughter Charlotte has also been traveling the campaign trail with them.

Pence completes Monday evening with two other rallies in New Hampshire and Michigan. Both are joint events with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Follow Adelle Nazarian on Twitter and Periscope @AdelleNaz.


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