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Pence stumps for Trump, urges Macomb Republicans to "uphold the integrity of the vote"

Pence spoke to a packed house at the Macomb County Republican Party's Lincoln Day dinner.
Sarah Cwiek
Michigan Radio
Pence spoke to a packed house at the Macomb County Republican Party's Lincoln Day dinner.

President Obama and Hillary Clinton have “weakened America’s status in the world” with their policies.

But a President Donald Trump would boldly reverse course, Indiana Governor and Vice Presidential hopeful Mike Pence told a crowd of Macomb County Republican loyalists Monday night.

Pence fired up a sold-out crowd at the Macomb County GOP’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

Pence said Clinton “literally personifies the failed status quo in Washington D.C.” He accused her of being the “architect” of policies that have led to a “weakened America and a stifled economy.”

But Pence said his running mate Trump would be a “broad-shouldered leader” in the mold of past Republican presidents like Ronald Reagan.

“When Donald Trump becomes President of the United States, we will once again lead on the world stage with American strength,” Pence said to much applause. “And we will command the respect of the world, and the loyalty of our allies.”

Pence used sweeping language that hit on some broad, familiar themes when attacking Clinton.

He attacked the Clinton Foundation for accepting donations from foreign governments when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. And he said the Clinton-led State Department engaged in “quid pro quo” with the FBI to retroactively declassify emails Clinton had sent using a private server (both agencies deny that).

Pence assured the crowd that Trump would rebuild the U.S. military, slash taxes and government regulations, and appoint conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.

But Pence told the crowd that won’t happen unless Trump supporters stay focused on the election—and the voting process.

“Make sure you’re out there standing with your neighbors and your friends to turn out the vote, and uphold the integrity of the vote, all across Michigan,” Pence urged.

With that, Pence echoed Trump’s recent suggestions that the election is “rigged” against them—though Pence stopped short of saying that.

Trump has put up strong poll numbers in Macomb County. But that’s a rare bright spot for him in Michigan, where Clinton has pulled ahead in most recent statewide polling.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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