Vice President Mike Pence is pledging to campaign for Gov. Scott Walker and GOP U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir in Wisconsin “every bit as much as they need us.”
Pence’s comments came after he landed in Milwaukee yesterday to headline a fundraiser for Vukmir at the Pfister Hotel.
He told reporters President Trump will also campaign for the two Republicans leading up to the general election this fall, despite polling that shows Trump continues to be underwater in the state. The most recent Marquette University Law School Poll found 45 percent of registered voters approve of the job he’s doing, while 51 percent disapprove.
“I promise you that President Trump and I will be here campaigning for Gov. Walker and for Leah Vukmir every bit as much as they need us, because these are two outstanding leaders and Wisconsin really has an opportunity … to elect an outstanding senator who will advance the policies that have resulted in nearly 4 million new jobs across the country,” Pence said.
He acknowledged the midterms could be a challenge for the GOP this fall, but said the Republican enthusiasm he’s seen indicates a “red wave” in November.
Pence praised Vukmir as a candidate who would stand with the president’s economic agenda and judicial appointments, as he called out U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin by name.
Vukmir, who greeted Pence at General Mitchell International Airport and met briefly with Pence aboard Air Force Two after he landed, told reporters she was humbled to be standing by the vice president as the GOP U.S. Senate nominee.
“I’m excited, I’m honored, and we’re ready to win in November,” she said.
A White House official yesterday said Gov. Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker would be at the airport today to greet Pence. Neither were there, though Walker’s campaign has said the guv will be at the fundraiser today. Pence is scheduled to return to D.C. tonight.
Asked about the effect of the Trump administration’s policies on Harley-Davidson, Pence said the objective is to grow jobs in America.
“I ride a Harley-Davidson and love it, and it’s a great, great company. I think the president’s message is that we’ve been advancing policies, cutting taxes on business like Harley-Davidson, rolling back regulation,” he said.
On health care, Pence said Vukmir’s election to the Senate would help Republicans to once again try to repeal the Affordable Care Act and back “free market health care solutions.”
Pence also defended a Trump administration rule on short-term health insurance plans, saying the administration is “absolutely committed to bringing innovation and reform to American health care that lowers the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government.”
Baldwin this week introduced a resolution to overturn a rule on what the Madison Dem calls “junk plans.”
The inexpensive plans, which the Obama administration capped at three months, don’t have to cover pre-existing conditions and other kinds of health care required under the Affordable Care Act.
A Baldwin campaign spokesman in a statement contrasted the two U.S. Senate candidates’ stances on health care.
“Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Wisconsin to help boost Leah Vukmir, because she’d be the deciding vote in the U.S. Senate to allow insurance companies to deny Wisconsinites coverage for pre-existing conditions and charge older people more,” spokesman Bill Neidhardt said. “Meanwhile, Tammy Baldwin is leading the fight to protect Wisconsinites’ health care.”
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