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Pence rallies supporters during rain-soaked Michigan stop

Vice President Mike Pence official portrait
White House

Vice President Mike Pence, flanked by construction equipment and “Make America Great Again” banners, touted President Donald Trump’s policy accomplishments Friday while urging Michigan voters to support his reelection.

Several hundred people, many wearing ponchos to protect against the rain, listened to Pence’s pitch in Traverse City. Pence arrived in Michigan from Minnesota one day after Trump formally accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for a second term.

“Four years ago, you in Michigan knew it wasn’t just a campaign, a movement was born,” Pence said. “Here in Michigan, you believed we could be strong again ... Michigan said yes to President Donald Trump in 2016, and I know Michigan is going to say yes to four more years of President Donald Trump in 2020.”

Pence offered a contrast between the Trump administration’s achievements and the Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden. Repeating a theme heard throughout the Republican National Convention this week, Pence said the election is about “whether we will allow a radical movement to dismantle and destroy” the American way of life.

“I know this movement is unstoppable, but we have to decide men and women of Michigan, we have to decide right here and right now, that Joe Biden will never be president of the United States,” Pence said.

Pence referred to the economy several times during his remarks, arguing the country’s economic recovery is on the ballot. The vice president said Trump “made America great,” before the coronavirus “struck from China.”

Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, is a national adviser to Biden’s presidential campaign. She has criticized the Trump administration for downplaying the virus and moving too slowly to help equip states with testing supplies and medical equipment to prevent its spread.