Gov. Mike Pence boosts GOP in Milford

VP candidate hits Town Hall before Trump-Clinton debate

MILFORD – Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, was at the Milford Town Hall on Monday afternoon to urge voters to talk to friends and neighbors and ask them to vote for the team "that will bring the American dream back."

The rally was hours before the first debate between Trump and Hill­ary Clinton. Former New Hampshire Gov. John Su­nunu and former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith warmed up the crowd with that theme.

"New Hampshire’s four electoral votes might be the difference," Smith said.

Sununu called the Nov. 8 election "the most im­portant election most of us will ever see," one that will be decided by a small percentage of voters.

"You’ve got to go home and talk, talk, talk," Su­nunu said.

He also said the best thing Trump did in his campaign for president was to choose Pence for his running mate.

Pence said Trump will restore "the arsenal of democracy, stand up to America’s enemies, re­store law and order, cut taxes, repeal ‘Obam­acare,’ build the wall be­tween the U.S. and Mexi­co, upend the status quo in Washington and uphold the Constitution."

"You have a choice be­tween two futures," he said. In other presidential elections, "It seems there isn’t a dime’s worth of dif­ference" between the can­didates; "now, there’s a real choice."

The crowd cheered many of his statements, especially when he said Trump would "repeal ev­ery single one of Obama’s executive orders."

Among the roughtly 125 people in the auditorium was Nancy Black, of Mil­ford, who said she will vote Republican because Clinton is "an old-school politician," while Trump is a businessperson who created successful com­panies. "To me, it’s a no-brainer," she said.

Also in the audience was Jennifer Horn, New Hamp­shire Republican Party chairwoman. Last year, she fought off a demand for her resignation after she at­tacked Trump, calling his campaign "shallow" and dependent on "bombast and divisive rhetoric."

On Monday, she told The Cabinet she supports the entire GOP ticket.

"I support the Republi­cans top to bottom," Horn said. "Pence has a great record of leadership."

Trump’s signature cam­paign promise is to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. A Mil­ford man in the audience who asked that only his initials, C.S., be in the pa­per because he works for a military contractor, said the wall idea was what initially attracted him to Trump.

"I am tired of paying for others to sneak in here and not work," he said.

He also said he had friends who were killed during the 2012 assault on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, an attack that Trump supporters say shows that Clinton failed as secretary of state.

During his 45-minute speech, Pence called him­self a Christian, a conser­vative and a Republican. He and his wife said yes to the call to be Trump’s run­ning mate "because you nominated a man for pres­ident who never quits, a man who will provide broad-shouldered leader­ship," he said.

"Donald Trump just gets it; he’s a doer, not a talker," Pence said, while Clinton represents "the failed status quo."

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