Oct 22, 2020
Mike Pence Michigan Campaign Rally Transcript October 22
VP Mike Pence held a campaign rally in Waterford Township, Michigan on October 22. Read the transcript of his speech remarks here.
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Mike Pence: (00:14)
Hello, Michigan. To Congressman Moolenaar, to our great State Republican Chairman Laura Cox, all of my fellow Americans near and far, thank you for trudging through the mud, standing in the rain. It is great to be back in the Wolverine State. And we are just 12 days away from a great victory all across Michigan and all across America.
Four more years. Four more years.
Mike Pence: (00:47)
You got it. And it really is great to be here with some friends of ours. The son of Midland, Michigan champion for the fourth congressional district. And I’m here to tell you, he has fought every single day to advance the agenda that’s made Michigan and America stronger and more prosperous. Will you join me in thanking Congressman John Moolenaar [inaudible 00:01:27]. It’s also great to be here with a first generation American who has worked on the front lines of healthcare, serving his community. And I know he’s going to be the next great Congressman from the 11th congressional district. Let’s hear it for Eric Esshaki. Thanks, Eric. Thank you, John. Thank you all for being here.
Mike Pence: (01:54)
We’re here for one reason and one reason only, and that is that Michigan and America need four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House. And the road to victory runs right through Michigan. It really is great to be with all of you, to think about all we’ve done. Four years ago, a movement was born. A movement of every day Americans from every walk of life. Here in Michigan, you believe we could be stronger again. You believe we could be prosperous again. Michigan said, “Yes,” to President Donald Trump in 2016. And I know Michigan’s going to say yes to four more years. [inaudible 00:02:49]. I spoke to the president this morning.
How is he?
Mike Pence: (02:56)
He’s headed out to Nashville in just a little bit. He is going to take the stage in Tennessee and he is going to take the fight to Joe Biden and I can’t wait. I tell you what, it’s going to be a great night. And a couple of weeks ago, we had a little debate out in Salt Lake City. Some people think we did all right. I’ve got to tell you, it was a great privilege for me to be able to be there, to talk about all this President has done with the support of all of your good people here in Michigan. I mean, think about it. Four years ago we inherited a military that had been hollowed out by devastating budget cuts. An economy that was struggling to break out of the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression. Terrorism was on the rise around the world, and we witnessed a steady assault on our most cherished values.
Mike Pence: (03:58)
But in three short years, we rebuilt our military, we revived our economy, we secured our border, supported law enforcement, stood for life and liberty and the Constitution of the United States.
USA. USA. USA.
Mike Pence: (04:26)
It all starts with our national defense. After years of reckless budget cuts that hollowed out our military. Truth be told, when we took office, when we took office, there was a percentage of aircraft in the United States Air Force that were kept on the ground to be used as spare parts to keep other aircraft in the air. I mean, the truth is that all changed when President Donald Trump walked into the Oval Office. President Trump signed the largest investment in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan. I can attest as your Vice President and as the proud father of a United States Marine pilot, we are finally giving our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard the resources and support they need to defend this nation.
Mike Pence: (05:21)
It’s not just been about standing with those who serve in uniform. We’ve also stood with all of you who have served in the uniform of the United States. In fact, if you’re a veteran of our armed forces, would you just mind raising your hand in the air and giving us a chance to say thank you one more time. Thank you for your service. When Joe Biden was Vice President we all remember we saw years of scandal at the VA that shocked the conscience of the nation. Remember that? I mean, we literally had veterans that were dying, waiting to get healthcare at VA hospitals. But under President Donald Trump, we signed the most sweeping reforms of the VA in 50 years. We fired more than 3000 VA employees that weren’t giving our veterans the care they deserved and Veteran’s Choice is now available for every veteran in America.
Mike Pence: (06:29)
Support for our troops and their families, support for our veterans, is just one more reason why we need four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House, and why we need Michigan to send an Army combat veteran to Washington, DC. We need John James in the United States Senate.
USA. USA. USA.
Mike Pence: (07:08)
So it’s about providing for our national defense, but in our first three years, after Joe Biden had spent the previous eight years trying to tax and spend and regulate us back to a growing economy. President Donald Trump created the greatest economy in American history. Now in the midst of a global pandemic, Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by $4 trillion. President Trump, he cut taxes across the board for working families and businesses large and small. We rolled back more federal red tape than any administration in history. We fought for free and fair trade. We unleashed American energy and in just three short years, businesses large and small created 7 million good paying jobs, including 112,000 jobs right here in the Wolverine State.
Mike Pence: (08:12)
In our first three years unemployment reached a 50 year low across America. It’s the lowest unemployment for 20 years in the state of Michigan. And wages were rising across the board. What means the most to the President is wages were rising most rapidly for hardworking blue collar Americans. The forgotten men and women of America are forgotten no more. I don’t know if you heard about it, but just this morning, it was announced that weekly jobless claims just hit their lowest level since March. Michigan is back. America is coming back. The Motor City is back.
Mike Pence: (08:57)
It really is great to be in Pontiac. I think this might be my first visit here. And in Waterford. We’re not far from Pontiac. It’s just I was going to mention great legacy and tradition. My first car was a Pontiac. I thought that might do me some good. It was. We used to flip over the air filter in that thing. Did you do that when you were young? It had a 454 four barrel in it and man that thing would [inaudible 00:09:29] and it would make a lot of noise when you flipped that air filter. I’ll tell you. Let’s just hear it for the great tradition of craftsmanship in Waterford and Pontiac? And under President Trump’s leadership, I’m proud to report to you the automotive industry is roaring back all across the state of Michigan.
Mike Pence: (09:55)
Last year, General Motors announced they were adding about 400 jobs. Fiat Chrysler already is building a $1.6 billion plant, and they committed to 6,400 jobs in the Motor City right here in Michigan. It’s been because of those policies. Less taxes, less regulation. It’s also been because we have a president who’s been fighting for free and fair trade that puts American jobs and American workers first. When it comes to international trade it’s amazing to think when we took office, half of our international trade deficit was with communist China. $500 billion a year we were losing to China in our trading relationship. And Joe Biden, he’s been a cheerleader for communist China all along the way. He actually said the rise of China was a positive development. And he dismissed last year the idea that China was even a competitor, but under president Donald Trump, we made it clear from day one. When it comes to China, the era of economic surrender is over. We oppose tariffs and we’re going to stand strong until China opens their markets to what we make and what we grow once and for all.
USA. USA. USA.
Mike Pence: (11:29)
Closer to home, when it comes to NAFTA, I don’t have to tell the people of Michigan, but this Hoosier also knows about NAFTA. I mean, it’s 25 years since NAFTA was signed, we had 60,000 factories that closed all across America. We did. Many of those jobs moved South of the border and many moved overseas. Now Democrats for years used to talk about how bad NAFTA was. But Joe Biden never lifted a finger to renegotiate it or reform it. But under the man who wrote the Art of the Deal, America got a better deal. NAFTA is gone. The USMCA is here to stay and it’s a win For Michigan and a win for America.
Mike Pence: (12:13)
I don’t know if you know but under the USMCA, 75% of auto parts in duty free cars have to be made in North America, and 40% of them have to be made by workers making the average hourly wage that workers make in the United States of America. People in Michigan deserve to know not only did Joe Biden never lift a finger to reform NAFTA, but when it came time to replace it with the USMCA, his running mate Kamala Harris was one of only 10 Senators to vote against the USMCA. She said the USMCA didn’t go far enough on climate change. Kamala Harris put her radical…
Mike Pence: (13:03)
… climate change. Kamala Harris put her radical environmental agenda ahead of Michigan auto workers and Michigan auto jobs. It’s one more reason why Michigan needs to say no to Joe and yes to four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House.
Mike Pence: (13:32)
And when it comes to energy, so important in a manufacturing state like Michigan and all across this country, Joe Biden and the radical left want to crush American energy under a $2 trillion version of the Green New Deal. Remember in the last presidential debate, President Trump had to remind him that he supported the Green New Deal. Might have to remind him again tonight. I mean, their $2 trillion version of the Green New Deal would raise the cost of electricity for every home and business in Michigan. It’s true. I mean, they’re talking about requiring four million businesses to be essentially retrofit, two million homes to be retrofit to live up to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and AOC’s Green New Deal. President Trump, he’s been a champion of American energy and American energy independence. We ended the war on coal. And today, America is a net exporter of energy for the first time in 70 years. Incredible.
Mike Pence: (14:34)
When Joe Biden was vice president, America actually lost 200,000 manufacturing jobs. And the last president, who I saw was out on the campaign trail yesterday, he said those jobs were never coming back. Do you remember? I mean, they referred to our part of the country as the Rust Belt. And there was a lot of rust on the belt when they were in charge. Remember after President Obama said that those jobs were never coming back, he said, “What magic wand do you have?” Now, we didn’t need a magic wand. We just needed President Donald Trump in the White House. 500,000 manufacturing jobs in just three years, including 17,000 jobs right here in the state of Michigan. Manufacturing is back.
Mike Pence: (15:38)
And when it comes to healthcare, even on healthcare, you all remember their plans. Remember Obamacare? All the promises that they made. In the last administration, Joe Biden’s vice president, he said, “If you like your doctor, you can keep it.” Wasn’t true. They said, “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it.” Wasn’t true. They said health insurance premiums would go down. When we took office, health insurance premiums had doubled under Obamacare. And Joe Biden has a plan to literally take the socialized medicine option of Bernie Sanders and put it right in the middle of Obamacare. It would send us on an inevitable path to socialized medicine here in Michigan and all across America. President Donald Trump, we got rid of the individual mandate. We’ve been fighting to lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government. We’ve lowered the cost of prescription drugs. Medicare Advantage premiums dropped by 54% in this state. We’re going to have the best healthcare system in the world. Even better, and America will never be a socialist country.
Mike Pence: (17:01)
Men and women of Michigan, we got a choice to make. You got to talk to your neighbors and friends about it when you trudge back through that field to get back to your cars. God bless you for it. I mean, honestly, when you think about our economy, I really do believe the choice that come November 3rd here in Michigan is between a Trump recovery and a Biden depression. There’s this nonpartisan study from Congressman Moolenaar, I don’t know if you saw it. Just came out a day ago. It said that under Joe Biden’s economic policies, America would lose five million jobs. And the average income of a typical American family would drop by $6,500 a year. So you got to ask yourself and your neighbors and your friends, in every day between now and election day, who do you really think can bring this economy all the way back and then some? A career politician who spent 47 years in Washington raising taxes, stifling our economy under an avalanche of regulation and economic surrender, or a proven job creator who will keep cutting taxes, rolling back red tape, and fighting for American jobs and American workers?
Mike Pence: (18:22)
For our families, for our jobs, for an American comeback like we have never seen, we need four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House. So we’ve stood for security.
Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years.
Mike Pence: (18:56)
So we stood for security, we fought for prosperity, fought for American energy and American workers. And President Donald Trump has stood strong for the rule of law. So I stand here today, I’m proud to report to you that our president has already appointed more than 230 conservatives to our federal courts at every level. And they are all men and women who will uphold the god given liberties in our Constitution like the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, and the second amendment right to keep and bear arms. Now last month, we rightly paused as a nation to honor the life and service of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. But when the memorials were over, President Trump fulfilled his duty under the Constitution of the United States when he nominated a brilliant principled conservative woman who loves the Constitution to the Supreme Court. He nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Isn’t she great?
ACB. ACB. ACB. ACB. ACB. ACB.
Mike Pence: (20:16)
Isn’t she great? I’ll tell you, I’m a little partial. I mean, she is from Indiana. And President Trump and I, we called on Democrats in Washington to give Judge Barrett a respectful confirmation and we’re going to keep calling on them. But we have reason to be concerned. I mean, you all remember during her last confirmation hearing, don’t you? The ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, Democrat from California, actually said she was concerned about Judge Barrett’s nomination because of her Catholic faith. She said, and I quote, “The dogma lives loudly within you.” And Hollywood elites have been criticizing Judge Barrett ever since. Well, I got news for the Democrats and their friends in Hollywood. That dogma lives loudly in me. That dogma lives loudly in you. And the right to live and work and worship according to the dictates of our faith lives loudly in the Constitution of the United States of America.
Mike Pence: (21:43)
Now, the Senate is going to continue to discharge their duty to advise and consent. And I’m proud to report even though the Democrats didn’t show up, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Judge Amy Coney Barrett out of the committee. She’s headed to the floor for a vote on Monday. And I’ll make you a prediction. Come this Monday, Judge Amy Coney Barrett is going to be Justice Amy Coney Barrett. We’re going to fill that seat on the Supreme Court.
Mike Pence: (22:26)
Now, the people in Michigan deserve to know, after 150 years with nine justices on the Supreme Court, leading Democrats in Washington are talking about packing the court, adding seats to the Supreme Court so they can nominate radical leftist judges to advance their agenda from the judicial branch. Now, Joe Biden did say that he’s going to tell the American people what he’d do by court packing after Judge Barrett was confirmed. Now he’s saying he’s going to tell us after the election. I mean, I saw a clip this morning on the way here, he told 60 Minutes, it’s a live ball. He’s going to tell us after the election, after millions of Americans have cast their votes, whether he’s going to pack the court in what would be the biggest power grab in American history. I mean, come on, man. The American people deserve a straight answer, Joe. When you’re running for the highest office in the land, the American people deserve to know whether you’re going to respect the highest court in the land.
Mike Pence: (23:52)
I mean, we know what’s going on here, don’t we? I mean, I tell people I was born in the morning, but not yesterday morning. I mean, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris aren’t telling us what they’re going to do because Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are going to pack the court with liberal activist judges if they win this election. But we’re not going to let it happen. We’re going to reelect President Donald Trump for four more years. And we’re going to send John James to a larger Republican majority in the United States Senate. We’re going to stand for the rule of law in an independent judiciary. I promise you that.
Mike Pence: (24:38)
And every day since this president took office, I’m proud to say that we have stood without apology for the men and women who serve on the thin blue line of law enforcement, and we always will.
Back the blue. Back the blue. Back the blue. Back the blue. Back the blue. Back the blue.
Mike Pence: (24:57)
Oh, we back the blue. The president and I know what you know. Men and women who serve in law enforcement are some of the best people in this country. They’re people that literally get up every day and count that our lives is more important than their own. And those who serve in law enforcement deserve the respect of every American every day. In fact, kind of comes with the job description. We got a lot of law enforcement people around me. Would you mind just showing them how much you appreciate all the law enforcement people that are here today? Can we just say thank you to them and their families for all they do for us every day as they protect and serve? Thank you all very much. Now, President Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest.
Mike Pence: (26:02)
I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest. But rioting and looting is not peaceful protest. Burning businesses is not free speech. Now, all summer long, all Joe Biden ever talked about were peaceful protesters. Remember? As the American people literally watched businesses and communities burned to the ground.
Mike Pence: (26:25)
The truth is Joe Biden would double down on the policies that have led to violence in American cities. I mean, when you start to withdraw support from those who protect and serve, you only emboldened those who would do harm to our families and our communities. Now, Joe Biden justifies it all by saying that, in his words, America is systemically racist. He had Kamala Harris often say that police officers in this country have a, quote, “Implicit bias against minorities.”
Mike Pence: (27:06)
When Joe Biden was asked if he’d support cutting funding for law enforcement, he said, “Yes, absolutely.” Kamala Harris recently praised the mayor of Los Angeles for cutting $150 million out of the budget of the LAPD.
Mike Pence: (27:25)
Well, let me make you a promise. With four more years of President Donald Trump in the white house, we’re not going to defund the police. Not now. Not ever. We’re going to back the blue every single day.
Mike Pence: (27:39)
Back the blue. Back the blue. Back the blue. Back the blue.
Mike Pence: (27:52)
We all know we don’t choose have to between supporting law enforcement and supporting our African-American neighbors and friends, minority families, and all the families in our cities. We have done both for the last three and a half years, and we’re going to keep doing both for four more years.
Mike Pence: (28:09)
Under this president, we invested, with the strong support of people like John Moolenaar, we supported funding in the cops program that allowed for the hiring of 4,000 additional police officers. When violence broke out in our cities, we launched Operation Legend. In cities across the country, we worked with state and local law enforcement. We’ve already arrested more than 3000 violent offenders in our cities. We’re starting policing our streets.
Mike Pence: (28:36)
At the same time we’ve been supporting law enforcement, I couldn’t be more proud to be vice-president to a president that saw the lowest unemployment ever recorded for African-Americans, the highest funding for historically Black colleges and universities in history, we created 8,000 opportunity zones in our major cities, passed criminal justice reform, and we have fought to give educational choice to every family in America.
Mike Pence: (29:06)
This president has proven we can stand with law enforcement, stand with our minority families, and I promise you, we’re going to keep doing that. We’re going to have law and order in every city, in every state, in this nation for every American of every race and creed and color, so help us God.
Mike Pence: (29:33)
So we stood with the rule of law, stood strong with law enforcement, we’ve also stood by our most cherished liberties. You know, when Joe Biden was vice president, we saw a steady assault on the freedom of religion and the American people. One administrative act after another. The last administration actually hauled a group of Catholic nuns into federal court to force them to compromise their faith to live under the mandates of Obamacare. President Donald Trump, he restored the conscience rights of doctors and nurses and religious charities, and president Trump ended the assault on the Little Sister of the Poor once and for all.
Mike Pence: (30:26)
Beyond our values and our faith, I couldn’t be more proud to be vice president to a president who has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life. Where Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support taxpayer funding of abortion all the way up to the moment of birth, President Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy that denied federal dollars to any program that promotes abortion around the world and he signed a bill that gave states the right to defund Planned Parenthood.
Mike Pence: (31:14)
President Donald Trump is the most pro-life president in American history, and we’re going to stand for the right to life for four more years.
Mike Pence: (31:28)
Four more years. Four more years.
Mike Pence: (31:29)
So in our first three years, think about the progress we’ve made with the strong support from our allies in Congress. We rebuilt our military, revived our economy, stood for law and order, liberties, and life. I want to say from my heart, none of that would have been possible without the strong and consistent support of Michigan’s Republican delegation to Congress.
Mike Pence: (31:54)
That’s why right after we reelect President Donald Trump for four more years, right after you send John James to the United States Senate, we need to send Congressmen John Moolenaar and Eric Esshaki to a new Republican majority in the House of Representatives that retires Nancy Pelosi once and for all.
Mike Pence: (32:23)
I mean, when you look at all that we accomplished in those first three years, there’s only one way you can describe it. We made America great again. Then, I don’t have to tell anyone here or any American, that the coronavirus struck from China. But before the first documented case of community spread anywhere in this country, President Donald Trump did with no American president had ever done. He suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world.
Mike Pence: (33:07)
Now Joe Biden said that was xenophobic. He said it was hysterical. He actually wrote in January that suspending travel from any country would, quote, “ake things worse.” But I can tell you, having led the White House Coronavirus Task Force over the last eight months, President Trump’s actions suspending all travel from China saved untold American lives and bought us invaluable time to stand up the largest national mobilization since World War II.
Mike Pence: (33:45)
[inaudible 00:33:48], we surged millions of medical supplies to our incredible doctors and nurses all across Michigan and all across America. We developed new therapeutics that are literally saving lives as we speak. Before the end of this year, we’re going to have tens of millions of doses of a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine for the American people. That’s what leadership looks like. That’s the leadership of President Donald Trump. So we’re going to keep providing Michigan everything that you need.
Mike Pence: (34:23)
Can we just take a moment? I’ve got Eric Esshaki here who spent a career in health care. Can we just show our appreciation for the nurses, for the doctors, for the first responders, and everyone who has been there for our families throughout this pandemic? They are heroes, all.
Mike Pence: (34:43)
We’re going to keep making sure that our health care providers have all the support they need to give anyone impacted by the coronavirus the level of health care that we would want a family member of ours to have. We’ll keep all of us doing our part. We’ll keep slowing the spread. We’ll keep protecting the vulnerable. We will keep saving lives.
Mike Pence: (35:09)
Where Joe Biden is talking about shutting down the economy, we’re opening up America again. You know, it’s amazing to think just the last five months after America lost 22 million jobs at the height of this pandemic, with that strong foundation that we poured together in those first three years of a strong economy, with the unprecedented support that Congressman Moolenaar and others provided the families and businesses in the midst of this pandemic, we’ve already seen 11.5 million people go back to work, including 600,000 people right here in Michigan. We are opening up America again, and we are opening up America’s schools. We just announced we are sending 100 million 15-minute tests to all the school nurses around America. We are going to make sure that we can get our kids back in the classroom where they belong and keep them there safe and sound. We’re not just opening up our schools in the classroom, thanks to President Donald Trump, Big Ten football is back. Michigan State is going to be back on the gridiron and the Wolverines will be back on the field at The Big House come this Saturday. You’re in.
Mike Pence: (36:55)
You know, it really is great to be with you today and I appreciate y’all coming out. But I expect that your are here because you all know not only the choice in this election has never been clearer, but the stakes have never been higher. When you stood in the rain and you trudged through that muddy field, not to see your vice-president, you did it because Michigan and you love America.
Mike Pence: (37:19)
We love Pence. We love Pence. We love Pence.
Mike Pence: (37:23)
The truth is when you look at their agenda of higher taxes, open borders, socialized medicine, the Green New Deal, defunding the police, packing the courts, it’s clear Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left.
Mike Pence: (37:51)
Joe Biden says that democracy is on the ballot. Well, I think our economic recovery is on it, I think law and order are on the ballot, but I also believe there are things much more foundational to our country, much more fundamental to who we are as a nation. You know, this election, I think, when it’s all said and done, it’s not going to be whether America is more conservative or more liberal, whether America is more Republican or Democrat, more red or more blue. I think the choice in this election is whether America remains America. Whether we’re going to chart a course built on the highest ideals of this nation of freedom, patriotism, liberty, justice for all, or whether we are going to let Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the radical left, take our nation on a path to socialism and American decline.
Mike Pence: (39:01)
Mike Pence: (39:01)
… path of socialism and American decline. For our freedom, for all the ideals that have always made America great, we need to decide right here and right now that Joe Biden will never be president of the United States. We’re going to re-elect President Donald Trump for four more years.
Mike Pence: (39:23)
It’s on Michigan.
Mike Pence: (39:35)
As the president said, “We’ve got work to do.” For all we accomplished in those first three years, for all this president has done to see our nation through this global pandemic, that’s just what President Trump calls a good start, right? I mean, we’re just getting started. And over the next four years, we’re going to distribute that vaccine and we’re going to defeat the virus. We’re going to maintain America’s unrivaled military might and ensure peace through American strength. We’re going to make America into the manufacturing super power of the world and end reliance on China once and for all. We’re going to uphold religious liberty, the freedom of speech and the right to keep and bear arms. We’re going to hire more police. We’re going to ban sanctuary cities. We’re going to stop the indoctrination of our kids and restore patriotic education to America’s schools. As the president said at Mount Rushmore, “We’re going to teach our children to love our country, honor our history, and always respect our great American flag.”
Mike Pence: (40:59)
Men and women, I have to tell you, I didn’t know the president that well before he picked up the phone and called me and asked me to join this ticket, but I said yes in a heartbeat because I saw what the people of Michigan saw. I saw the vision grounded in the highest American ideals. I saw the leadership qualities and the determination that could make this country great again. I’ll never forget the night that he called. We’d been tipped off that among a group of Americans he was considering as running mates that we were going to get the phone call. We prayed all the way through it. My wife was standing right next to me. Phone rang, I picked up the phone, I heard that familiar voice, and he said, “Mike, it’s going to be great.” And you know what? He was right. It has been great every single day, and we’re going to make it great still for four more years. We’ve served shoulder to shoulder these last four years. Some people think we’re a little bit different, but actually we’ve gotten to be very close friends. I want to tell you, I’ve been there when the cameras are off and the Kleig lights are off. I’ve been there every day at his side. I promise you, there has never been a day gone by, against overwhelming opposition by the Democrats and their allies in the national media, there’s never been a day gone by that President Trump hasn’t gotten up and fought to keep the promises that he made to the people of Michigan. Now it’s our turn to fight for him.
Mike Pence: (43:21)
I got a couple things I’ve got to ask you to do before I head over to Indiana. Going back to the Hoosier State today, because I’m going to do what I’m first going to ask you to do. The first thing I need you to do, Karen and I are going to do tomorrow morning, vote, Michigan. Vote to re-elect President Donald Trump.
Mike Pence: (43:55)
I mean, I heard early voting has already started here in Michigan. Maybe after we’re done here, it’s only about 1:00, you can go down to the Waterford Township clerks office, 5,200 Civic Center Drive, here in Waterford. They’re open 8:00 to 5:00. Go and vote for President Donald Trump. And remember, friends don’t let friends vote alone. Bring a family member, bring a co-worker and vote to re-elect this president for four more years.
Mike Pence: (44:42)
Secondly, after you vote, with a friend, I want you to spend every remaining moment of the next 12 days, telling people why you walked through that muddy field to get here. Really. Tell them all that we accomplished in those first three years to make America stronger and more prosperous, to strengthen the Constitutional foundation of our liberties in this nation, to stand with law and order. You go tell them all that we accomplished and tell them about the choice that we faced. Say, “I was out at the airport the other day, standing in the rain, Mike showed up and he just talked for a whole hour, just about everything that we’ve accomplished and what we can do with four or more years.”
Mike Pence: (45:33)
I really do believe that when Michigan made history in 2016, it was because people were talking to each other. I mean, you remember, all the pundits, all the polls, were writing us off back then. Right? But the people of Michigan knew different. You knew we could be strong again and prosperous again, and you talk to your neighbors and friends at worship and at work and you need to do it again.
Mike Pence: (45:58)
I’ll never forget that election night. We were at the campaign headquarters in New York City. I was standing right here and the president was standing next to me. My wife and our kids were here and the whole Trump fan was there. We were looking up at these big TV screens on the wall. Every time a state would come in, he’d like punch me in the shoulder. He’d say, “South Carolina’s in.” Boom. He’d say, “Did you see that?” I said, “Yeah. Yeah.” Said, “Indiana came in.” Boom. All right? But I’m telling you what, when Michigan came through, I thought he was going to knock me on the ground. You’ve got to do what you did before. Go tell the story all across Michigan, why we need four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House.
Mike Pence: (46:52)
I want to feel that again. I know we will if we all do what we need to do. Remember, from here, vote with a friend, tell somebody every day between now and election.
Mike Pence: (47:06)
Finally, as I’ve traveled across this country the last four years, I’ve come to two great conclusions that I believe more now than I’ve ever believed in my life. Everywhere I’ve gone, I’m more convinced than ever that America is a freedom-loving nation and America is a nation of faith. As we travel across this land, the sweetest words the president and I ever hear are when someone will say, “I’m praying for you.” And we hear it a lot.
Mike Pence: (47:45)
I would just say if you’re of a mind to bend the knee or bow the head from time to time, now would a good time to do it. And over the next 12 days, I’d encourage you to pray with confidence. Claim those ancient words that Americans have clung to through much more challenging times than we can possibly imagine, the Americans who have cleared the forest and settled this state, the Americans who fought in the wars, endured the great challenges in our nation. Those ancient words that if his people who are called by his name will humble themselves and pray and turn, he’ll do like he’s always done. In the long and storied history of this nation, he’ll hear from heaven and he’ll heal this land. This one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Pray for America. Pray for all of the American people. It’ll make a difference. It’ll make a difference. I leave here today with renewed confidence, grateful for your support, grateful for your attendance here today, and more confident than ever that we are just 12 days away from a great victory all across Michigan and all across America. I just know if all of us do all that we need to do between now and election day, we’re going to make Michigan and America stronger and safer than ever before. We’re going to make Michigan and America more prosperous than you could possibly imagine. We’re going to make Michigan and America more United than ever before. And with John James in the United States Senate, with Congressman John Molinar and Eric Esshaki and a new Republican majority in the House, with President Trump in the White House for four more years, and with God’s help, we will make America great again, again.
Mike Pence: (50:16)
Thank you all very much. God bless you. God bless America. Now let’s go get it done, Michigan.