By Sandy Rhodes
ERIE — The results of the presidential election may be some 80 days away, but when the results are in, the Trump/Pence campaign is ready.
John Pence, nephew of Vice President Mike Pence and senior adviser to the campaign, was in Erie on Wednesday to open the “Trump Victory” office at 949 W. 12th St.
The younger Pence spoke about his uncle’s Democratic rival for the vice presidency — Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, who recently signed on to Joe Biden’s team.
“I agree with the president — No. 1 pick,” Pence said. “This just shows that the Democratic Party is now officially controlled by the radical left. California is a laboratory for radical left ideas and who better to lead this radical-left takeover than a senator from California and Kamala Harris.”
Pence also said the campaign is reaching out to let voters know what the Trump presidency has done for them.
“Every county is important and Erie County is a place that I think has seen a difference in the president’s leadership,” Pence said, pointing directly to NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), which Biden supported.
NAFTA is a free-trade treaty entered into by the United States, Canada and Mexico.
“That was crushing on jobs here, manufacturing jobs in Erie County,” Pence said.
Pence added that the campaign is going to hit every “corner of the country, every community” to make a case to re-elect the Trump and Pence team.
“We are sharing why this Republican agenda is putting America first for every American and deserves four more years,” he said.
He also noted that human contact is also important to reel in voters.
“We are achieving historic numbers in terms of voter contacts. A voter contact isn’t just spamming someone’s phone. We actually do not include that as voter contact,” Pence said. “It’s knocking at a door and making a phone call, the hard work of making a contact. Someone is 80% more likely to vote for you if you go by their door or leave literature in their mailbox saying this is why you should vote Republican and this is how this president has put America first for every American.”
When asked about what the Trump/Pence duo would like to do that they have not been able to achieve this first term, Pence said, “We focus on promises made and promises kept.”
He also referenced the website promiseskept.com, which lists the various promises addressed by the president in his campaign four years ago.
The list includes enforcing immigration laws and repealing Obamacare.
About 50 supporters of the GOP were on hand to hear Pence speak as well as attend a cookout.