Oct 8, 2020
Mike Pence Campaign Event Transcript Boulder City, NV October 8
VP Mike Pence held a campaign event in in Boulder City, Nevada on October 8, the day after the vice presidential debate. Read the transcript of his speech here.
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Vice President Mike Pence: (04:52)
Well, hello Nevada. Thank you all for coming out today. To my great friend, former Nevada Attorney General, Adam Laxalt, to Nevada Republican Party Chairman Mike McDonald, to Assemblyman Glenn Leavitt, all my fellow Americans from near and far, it is great to be back in the Silver State. And what a joy it is to be traveling today with a Marine Corps mom, a school teacher, my wonderful wife of 35 years, and the best Second Lady of the United States this country has ever had. Would you join me in thanking Karen Pence for who she is and all she does? Karen and I are thrilled to be with all of you here in Nevada today. But we’re here for one reason and one reason only, and that is that Nevada and America need four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House.
Vice President Mike Pence: (06:12)
It’s on Nevada. We are 26 days away from another great victory for the American people and the road to victory runs right through Nevada. I thank you all for coming out today. Karen and I just got back from Utah. I had a little debate with Kamala Harris last night. Some people think we did all right. Thank you. But let me be clear, last night’s vice-presidential debate was not just a debate between two candidates. I think it was a debate between two visions. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want higher taxes, open borders, socialized medicine. They want to abolish fossil fuels, use taxpayer funds to abortion. They want to defund the police. And if you couldn’t figure it out last night, they want to pack the Supreme Court. President Trump’s vision, we’ve rebuilt our military. We cut taxes, rolled back regulations, unleashed American energy. We secured our border, stood with law enforcement, and for life and liberties of every American.
Vice President Mike Pence: (07:45)
A lot of talk this morning on TV about who won the debate. But I think when you compare the Biden/Harris agenda with what President Donald Trump has done and will continue to do for America, there’s no question who won the debate. President Donald Trump won the debate hands down with an agenda that puts America first. And in 26 days, we’re going to win another great victory when we reelect President Donald Trump for four more years.
Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years.
Vice President Mike Pence: (08:27)
And speaking of winners, it’s great to be here with a couple of real winners, a successful entrepreneur, a pioneer in technology, a principled conservative who’s represented the Silver State in the Nevada Assembly, and the next Congressman from Nevada’s Fourth Congressional district. Join me in thanking Jim Marshall and for his strong and principled campaign. And it’s also great to be here with a superstar, a small business owner, a family man, a superstar-
Vice President Mike Pence: (09:03)
… a family man, a superstar athlete who has actually worked with underprivileged children while he was studying for the law. He is a man who is tough enough to take on the swamp in Washington, D.C. Join me in thanking the next Congressman from Nevada’s third congressional district, Dan Rodimer. I’m proud to stand here on the President’s behalf. I’m proud to stand here with these great leaders. I’m proud to be a part of a movement. You know, the truth is four years ago a movement was born. A movement of everyday Americans from every walk of life. Here in Nevada you believe we could be strong again. You believe we could be prosperous again. You said yes to President Donald Trump all across this state in 2016 and I know Nevada is going to say yes to four more years of President Donald Trump in 2020. It’s because of what we’ve done.
Vice President Mike Pence: (10:08)
I mean, think about it. Four years ago, we inherited a military that was hollowed out by devastating budget cuts, an economy that was struggling to break out of the slowest recovery since the Great Depression. Terrorism was on the rise around the world and we witnessed a steady assault on our most cherished values. But in three short years, we rebuilt our military. We restored the arsenal of democracy. Under President Donald Trump, not just as your Vice-President, but as the father of a United States Marine and the father-in-law of a United States Navy pilot, I’m proud to report we’re finally given our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard the resources and the support that they deserve every single day. I know we’re standing here about an hour South of Creech Air Force Base and Nellis Air Force Base. Under President Donald Trump, we’ve actually seen the largest increase in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan.
Vice President Mike Pence: (11:14)
We’ve stood with those who serve, but we’ve also stood with all of you who wore the uniform of the United States. You know, when Joe Biden was Vice President, America saw years of scandal at the VA. You remember those days. It shocked the conscience of the nation. Veterans were literally dying while they waited for medical treatment that they had earned in the uniform of the United States, but all of that changed. As you know here in this state that was battle born, home to more than 200,000 veterans, under President Trump’s leadership we’ve signed the most sweeping reforms of the VA in history and Veterans Choice is now available for every veteran in America.
Vice President Mike Pence: (11:59)
Would all the veterans who are with us today either stand or raise your hand if you’re able? Just give us a chance to say thank you one more time for your service to America. Thank you for your service.
Vice President Mike Pence: (12:23)
It’s been about security. It’s been about supporting our veterans. In our first three years, it was about three more things. It was about jobs, jobs, jobs. Where Joe Biden wants to raise taxes, President Donald Trump in our first three years cut taxes across the board, rolled back more federal red tape than any administration in American history, unleashed American energy, fought for free and fair trade. In just three short years, businesses large and small created more than seven million good paying jobs, including 115,000 jobs right here in the Silver State. Wages rose across the board, fastest pace in 10 years. They rose most rapidly for hard working, blue collar Americans. The forgotten men and women of America were forgotten no more.
Vice President Mike Pence: (13:20)
Here in the home of the legendary Hoover Dam, I’m proud to report that we’ve unleashed American energy like never before and under the President’s leadership. At a time when you hear the other side talking about abolishing fossil fuels, about banning fracking, they got their two trillion version of the Green New Deal. Under President Donald Trump, America’s become a net exporter of energy for the first time in 70 years. We’re energy independent, Nevada. We’re going to keep it that way with four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House. We’ve stood for our national defense, our veterans, our jobs and American energy. President Donald Trump has stood for the rule of law every single day. This President has already seen appointed to our federal courts more than 215 conservative judges, including Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh. I can tell you they’re all men and women who will uphold all the God-given liberties enshrined in our Constitution like the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech and the second amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Vice President Mike Pence: (14:43)
Now last month, our nation paused rightly to honor the life and service of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. When the memorials were over, President Donald Trump fulfilled his Constitutional duty when he nominated a principled, conservative woman to the Supreme Court of the United States of America, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. I can tell you, I’m a fan of Judge Barrett and not just because she’s from Indiana. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a principled conservative who has an inspiring personal story. She comes from the heartland. She’ll bring that commitment to our Constitution to interpret laws as written, to not legislate to the bench, to the Supreme Court of the United States. After the Senate does their part with hearings coming up early next week, they’re part to advise and consent, I know that Judge Amy Coney Barrett will be Justice Amy Coney Barrett because, Nevada, we’re going to fill that seat. We stood for the rule of law, strengthened the conservative foundation underpinning our Constitution in our courts and President Donald Trump has stood every day with the men and women who serve on the thin blue line of law enforcement and we always will. President Donald Trump and I know that the men and women who serve in law enforcement around this country are the best people in America. They deserve the respect of every American every single day.
Vice President Mike Pence: (16:44)
Now, the President and I will always respect the Constitutional right of Americans to peaceful protest. But as I said last night, rioting and looting is not peaceful protest. Burning businesses is not free speech. Violence against innocent civilians and law enforcement will not be tolerated and those who do these things will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Vice President Mike Pence: (17:14)
Now, for months all Joe Biden ever talked about was peaceful protest. Remember? As the American people literally watch their businesses and communities burn. Last night, I was joined by a Minneapolis native, a wonderful African-American business woman named Flora Westbrook. She traveled with us to Utah. She told us the story when I was in Minneapolis a few weeks ago about in the wake of the killing of George Floyd how the protesters came closer and closer to her salon that she had built 35 years ago. Then they burned it to the ground.
Vice President Mike Pence: (17:54)
The truth of the matter is Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that have led to violence in America cities. When you suggest-
Vice President Mike Pence: (18:03)
… in America cities. When you suggest that you’re going to reduce support for those who serve and protect, you only embolden those who would do harm to our families.
Vice President Mike Pence: (18:13)
And we’re still, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris believed that America is systemically racist. And as she said again, last night, they believe that law enforcement has an implicit bias against minorities. When Joe Biden was asked if he’d support cutting funding for law enforcement, he said, quote, “Yes, absolutely.”
Vice President Mike Pence: (18:34)
Let me make you a promise, under President Donald Trump, we will always back the blue. We’re not going to defund the police, not now, not ever. President Trump, and I know you do, we don’t have to choose between supporting law enforcement and supporting our African-American neighbors. Under this president we have done both for the last three and a half years, and we’re going to continue to support law enforcement and improve the lives, the jobs, the education, and the opportunities for African-Americans and all of our minorities for four more years.
Vice President Mike Pence: (19:15)
Under this president we’re going to have law and order in every city, in every state for every American of every race, and creed and color, so help us God. It’s amazing to think all that we accomplished under this president, in those first three years. They were years that we had a Republican majority in the United States House and Senate. So right after we make sure we got four more years of President Donald Trump, we got to make sure that big Dan Rodimer and Jim [Marshit 00:19:53] are sent to Congress in a new Republican majority that retires Nancy Pelosi once and for all.
Vice President Mike Pence: (20:10)
So we rebuilt our military, we revived our economy, we stood for life and our liberties and law and order in our first three years. In a word, we made America great again.
Vice President Mike Pence: (20:25)
And then the coronavirus struck from China, but as I said last night, before there were more than five cases of coronavirus in the United States of America President Donald Trump put the health of America first and did what no other American president had ever done, he suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world.
Vice President Mike Pence: (20:51)
Now, Joe Biden criticized it. He said it was hysterical and xenophobic, but I can assure you having led the White House Coronavirus Task Force, President Trump’s decision that day alone saved countless American lives, and it allowed us to stand up the largest national mobilization since World War II. We reinvented testing, we saw to the manufacture and delivery of hundreds of millions of medical supplies to our incredible doctors and nurses. We’ve developed medicines that are literally saving lives. And as we stand here today, we’re on track to have the first safe and effective coronavirus vaccine before the end of this year.
Vice President Mike Pence: (21:39)
And let me just say on behalf of the president and the first lady how moved we’ve all been by the outpouring of prayers and support for both of them over this past week.
Vice President Mike Pence: (21:50)
I spoke to the president this morning, he’s back to the White House, and he and the first lady are doing great. The medical care that they received, the medicines that they received are all a part of the national response that we’ve made available to people all across this country. And the outpouring of concern for our president and our first lady was emblematic of the love, and the concern, and care that the American people have shown to neighbors, and family members, and friends, and absolute strangers.
Vice President Mike Pence: (22:26)
So would you join me and just thanking all of the amazing healthcare workers who served our nation through this challenging time, and all those who’ve cared for those who suffered loss and struggle.
Vice President Mike Pence: (22:40)
So we’re slowing the spread, we’re protecting the vulnerable, and we’ll keep saving lives. And we’re opening up America again. With the strong foundation this president poured in our first three years, with the unprecedented relief that we secured from the Congress for families and for businesses, it actually literally saved 50 million jobs. Where we lost 22 million jobs at the height of this pandemic, we’ve already added 11.6 million jobs back to work, including 150,000 people back to work right here in the silver state. The American comeback is on; we’re opening up America, and we’re opening up America’s schools.
Vice President Mike Pence: (23:36)
Just last week the president announced that we’re distributing a hundred million rapid point-of-care tests to states across the country to get our schools open, to keep our schools open, and keep our kids safe.
Vice President Mike Pence: (23:51)
So we’ve gone through a time of testing, but I came here today to say that in 26 days, we’re coming to a time for choosing. And the choice in this election has never been clearer, and the stakes have never been higher.
Vice President Mike Pence: (24:06)
And it’s amazing to think in the middle of a global pandemic, Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by $4 trillion. You heard his running mate, Kamala Harris say last night that they were going to only raise taxes on certain Americans. But Joe Biden said twice in the debate last week that on day one he was going to repeal the Trump tax cuts. I mean, the truth of the matter is President Donald Trump cut taxes across the board. It gave middle-class families a $2,000 tax break. It increased income and wages by $4,000, and we’re going to keep cutting taxes for the middle class for four more years.
Vice President Mike Pence: (24:51)
Joe Biden wants to bury our economy under an avalanche of red tape, including his own version of the Green New Deal, which is a whole lot like AOC’s version of the Green New Deal.
Vice President Mike Pence: (25:04)
President Trump, he’s actually overseen the largest investment in public lands and our national parks in American history, the cleanest air and land in our history, the cleanest water in the world, and we’ve cut federal red tape and unleashed American energy all at the same time. And we’re going to keep doing it for four more years.
Vice President Mike Pence: (25:29)
Joe Biden is for open borders, sanctuary cities, free lawyers, and free healthcare for illegal immigrants. President Donald Trump, he kept the promises he made to the people of Nevada. We made record investments in border security. Mexico is doing more to secure their Southern border and ours than ever before. And we’ve already built more than 300 miles of that border wall on the Southern border of the United States. And with four more years, we’re going to build it all.
Vice President Mike Pence: (26:04)
And when it comes to jobs and trade, the contrast couldn’t be more clear. Under Joe Biden, his 47 years in Washington, DC, we saw deals like NAFTA. In the wake of NAFTA being signed into law in 1995, 60,000 factories closed, and many of those jobs went south of the border and overseas. And Joe Biden never lifted a finger to reform NAFTA. But thanks to the man who wrote The Art of the Deal, America got a better deal. NAFTA is gone, and the USMCA is here to stay. It’s a huge win for American jobs and American workers.
Vice President Mike Pence: (26:47)
And where Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for communist China every day, actually said it was a positive development to see the rise of China, to see China literally be half of our international trade deficit. From day one, President Donald-
Vice President Mike Pence: (27:03)
… By international trade deficit. From day one, President Donald Trump put China on notice that the era of economic surrender is over. And we’re going to stand strong with China until they open their markets, respect American private property rights, and put American jobs and American workers, the respect they deserve.
Vice President Mike Pence: (27:28)
So it’s been about security and prosperity. But as I said earlier, it’s also been about our most cherished values. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the Democratic Party actually support late term abortion. And Joe Biden wants to use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion all the way up to the moment of birth. I tell you, I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. President Donald Trump is the most pro-life president in American history, and we will keep standing for life for four more years.
Vice President Mike Pence: (28:20)
When you look at their agenda, it’s clear. I said this at Fort McHenry. Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left. Now, Joe Biden has said that democracy is on the ballot on November 3rd. Well, I think our economic recovery is on the ballot, law and order are on the ballot, but I also think there are things much more foundation. Much more fundamental to our country. In this election, I don’t think, Nevada, I don’t think it’s going to be whether America ends up more Republican or more Democrat, whether we end up more liberal or more conservative, more red or more blue. I think the choice in this election is whether America remains America.
Vice President Mike Pence: (29:13)
It’s whether we’re going to chart a course based on our highest ideals of faith and family and freedom and patriotism and the American flag and the Constitution of the United States, or whether we’re going to abandon that path and allow the radical left and Joe Biden and the Democratic Party to take our nation somewhere it’s never been before.
Vice President Mike Pence: (29:36)
So let me say today to all of you, standing here in the blazing sun of Nevada, for our freedom, for all the ideals that have always made America great and are making America great again, we need to decide right here and right now that Joe Biden will never be President of the United States of America. We’re going to re-elect President Donald Trump for four more years.
Vice President Mike Pence: (30:20)
You’re right. Four more years means more jobs. Four more years means more judges. Four more years means more support for our troops and law enforcement. And it’s going to take at least four more years to drain that swamp. I’ve served around this president every day for the last three and a half years. And we’ve gotten to be very close friends. I’ve seen him when the cameras are off, and I’ll tell you what Nevada, there’s never been a day gone by when President Donald Trump hasn’t gotten up and fought to keep the promises that he made to the people of Nevada. Now it’s our turn to fight for him. It’s on.
Vice President Mike Pence: (31:10)
So I need you to bring it. I need you to bring it. And not just you, but all of hundreds of people that were out on the road when I rolled in today. And freedom loving people all across the silver state. I want you to keep voicing your support, talk to your neighbors and friends at work and at worship, about all that we’ve done in the last three years about the way this president has led us through this challenging year and all that we have yet to do. Go tell the American people that the choice we face and remind the American people, the choice is in their hands.
Vice President Mike Pence: (31:48)
And when you do have faith, that faith, I honestly believe the careful study of American history shows every time the American people have been given a clear choice between a future of more freedom and less freedom, they choose more freedom every single time. So go out and talk to your neighbors and friends and have faith that if we present the cause of freedom to them in this election, that they’ll stand with us. And if you’re of a mind to exercise that other kind of faith in the next 26 days, I encourage you to do that too. I truly do.
Vice President Mike Pence: (32:28)
I mean, this is a challenging time in the life of our nation. It seems anymore like if you turn on the television, it’s like that little girl asked me last night. It seems like it looks like there’s more that divides us in America than unites us. But I’ve traveled all across this country over the last three and a half years, and I can tell you, there will always be more that unites the people of this great nation than could ever divide us. And chief among those things is faith. This is a nation of faith. So if you’re a person of faith, I encourage you to claim those ancient words that Americans have clung to through much more challenging times than we could even imagine. If his people were called by his name will humble themselves and pray. He’ll do like he’s always done in the long and storied history of this country. He’ll hear from heaven and he’ll heal this land, this one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. So pray for America, it’ll make a difference.
Vice President Mike Pence: (33:59)
But thank you for this especially warm welcome. It’s really great to be in Nevada, but Karen and I have a plane to catch. We’re headed to Arizona, and then we’re back to Washington DC. And I guarantee you, President Donald Trump is going to be back on the campaign trail before you know it, we’re going to take this case to the American people every day. And I just know, with your continued support every day between now and November 3rd, we’re going to make Nevada and America stronger than ever before. We’re going to make Nevada and America more prosperous than ever before. And with Jim Marchant and Big Dan Rodimer in a new Republican majority in the United States House of Representatives, with a renewed Republican majority in the United States Senate, and with President Donald Trump in the White House for four more years, and with God’s help, we will make America great again, again. So thank you very much. God bless you, and God bless America.