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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