Vice President Mike Pence in a campaign stop in Janesville renewed his attack on Joe Biden as a “Trojan horse for the radical left” while touting President Trump’s coronavirus response and support for law enforcement.

Pence focused much of his 38-minute address on the Dem nominee, labeling Biden a “cheerleader for communist China” and slamming him for supporting NAFTA and Planned Parenthood.

But beyond criticism of “the most extreme platform of any major party candidate in U.S. history,” Pence repeated a familiar refrain: “The choice in this election is whether America remains America.”

“We’ve got to decide right here and right now that we are going to fight to leave our children and grandchildren a country grounded in our highest ideals,” Pence told a crowd of a few hundred during a rally at the Janesville Holiday Inn Conference Center.

Pence also dedicated a portion of his speech to praising the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the January decision to suspend travel from China “bought us invaluable time to stand up the greatest national mobilization since World War II” before commending nation testing efforts.

Citing interviews the president gave to journalist Bob Woodward, the Biden campaign fired back that Trump “admitted he intentionally downplayed the virus and misled the American people.”

“Wisconsin continues to pay the price — in lost jobs, lost businesses, and lost lives,” Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. “It didn’t have to be this bad.”

Pence also focused on Trump’s support for law enforcement, warning Biden by contrast would “double down on all the policies that have led to violence in America’s cities.” He acknowledged the Dem presidential nominee had condemned violence that has sprung from some protests but knocked running mate Kamala Harris for “raising money for bail for violent criminals.”

“When you signal a lack of support or waning support for law enforcement, it emboldens those who threaten our families and our cities,” Pence said.

Today’s stop marks Pence’s eighth visit to Wisconsin this year and comes one week after he was in La Crosse. It’s the first of three Trump campaign stops in the state this week with Donald Trump Jr. scheduled to be in Rothschild tomorrow and the president in Mosinee on Friday.

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