GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence campaigns in Bedminster
By Bob Keeler
BEDMINSTER >> Bucks County and the state of Pennsylvania are both important battlefields in this year’s presidential elections, Republican party representatives said during an Aug. 23 campaign rally by GOP vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence at Worth & Company in Bedminster Township.
“It’s more than just swinging the election because there’s deeper implications to it. What it means when we elect Donald Trump as the next president of the United States and Gov. Mike Pence as the next vice president, it means that we’re gonna swing back the direction of this country to where it needs to be and get it away from the way President Obama has been leading it,” Bucks County Commissioners Chairman Rob Loughery said.
Bucks County has been identified as one of 25 counties in the country that could set the election’s outcome, Pat Poprik, Bucks County Republican Committee chair, said.
“We’ve got to win Bucks County, guys,” she told the crowd. “If we’re going to change this country and bring it back where it should be, it’s up to us.”
“Pennsylvania’s front and center. That’s why Gov. Pence is here today,” Loughery said.
Other speakers preceding Pence to the podium included Joyce Haas, vice chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Republican Committee and Otto Voit, the party’s candidate in the state treasurer’s race.
“Pennsylvania always looms large in the national destiny. It always has and it always will, but it’s especially true this year. As Pennsylvania goes, so may well go the nation,” Pence, the governor of Indiana and a former U.S. congressman, said during his half-hour long speech.
“The choice could not be more clear. It’s change versus the status quo,” Pence said. “Americans can elect someone who literally personifies the failed establishment in Washington D.C., or, with your help, we can elect a broad-shouldered leader who will fight every day to make America great again.”
A Trump presidency will protect the country, rid the world of ISIS, cut taxes, grow the economy, repeal Obamacare, cut regulations and bring trade reform and energy reform, he said.
“Build that wall” chants erupted when Pence said Trump will “build strong borders and build a wall and enforce the laws of this nation for the people of this nation.”
“There were also ‘lock her up’ chants when he mentioned Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Clinton Foundation.
“Nobody is above the law. The American people are sick and tired of pay-to-play politics,” Pence said. “The time has come Hillary Clinton should shut down the Clinton Foundation right now and the Obama administration should appoint a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of what happened at the Clinton Foundation.”
The next president will set the course for the Supreme Court in upcoming years through the judges that are appointed, Pence said.
“We need to think about what that means for our Constitution. We need to think about what that means to the limited government that our founders envisioned. We need to think about what that means for the God-given liberties that are enshrined in our Constitution and our founding documents,” he said. “For the sake of the rule of law, for the sake of the sanctity of human life,” Pence said to cheers from the audience, “for the sake of the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms,” as the cheering grew, “for the sake of all of our God-given liberties, we must decide Pennsylvania, here and now, that the next president making appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States of America will be President Donald Trump.”
The policies of the Obama administration and Clinton’s role as former secretary of state have weakened America’s place in the world, Pence said.
“When Donald Trump is leader of the free world, we won’t be paying ransom to terrorists or terrorist-sponsoring states,” Pence said.
“The hard-fought gains that we’ve now seen squandered by this administration in Iraq break my heart because I know the sacrifices that were made,” Pence said. “Iraq was essentially stable, but because this president and the secretary of state precipitously pulled all of our forces out of Iraq without renegotiating what’s called a status of forces agreement, they created a vacuum to which ISIS was able to be conjured up virtually out of the sand and compromise vast areas that had been won by the American soldier.”
Clinton’s actions and later statements about the 2012 Benghazi attack in which four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed, should disqualify her from ever serving as commander in chief, he said.
“We just can’t have four more years of apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends,” Pence said. “America needs to be strong for the world to be safe.”
Trump is “a doer in a game usually reserved for talkers,” Pence said. “He speaks his heart. He speaks his mind and the American people hear him loud and clear.”
The campaign faces two opponents, though, he intimated.
“It’s like the media’s doing half of Hillary Clinton’s work for her every day,” Pence said. “The amazing thing about that, it’s two on one, but they’re still outnumbered because Donald Trump is winning hearts and minds all over America every day.”
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