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In Reading, Pence argues for four more years, report

By: - October 17, 2020 5:56 pm

Vice President Mike Pence returned to battleground Pennsylvania on Saturday, telling a crowd in Reading that “We didn’t need a magic wand in fighting for American jobs, we just needed Donald Trump,” according to a published report.

The veep’s appearance at Reading Regional Airport came 17 days before Election Day, and as President Donald Trump, who carried Pennsylvania by little more than 44,000 votes in 2016, tries to close a  Keystone State polling gap with Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Pence touted the Republican administration’s record on trade and the economy during an afternoon rally. Trump carried Berks County, which includes the Democratic stronghold of Reading, 52-46 percent over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

“The road to victory runs right through Pennsylvania,” Pence said, according to the Reading Eagle. “Here in Pennsylvania, you believed we could be stronger, we could be more prosperous. Pennsylvania said yes to Donald Trump in 2016 and I know Pennsylvania is going to do it again.”

Pence is scheduled to return to Pennsylvania on Monday for an appearance in New Cumberland, just outside Harrisburg, according to a Trump campaign text.

Trump campaigned in Johnstown on Tuesday, where fact-checkers logged a blizzard of falsehoods.

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.