In second Keystone State visit in two days, Pence tries to sew up central Pa. for Trump

Vice President Mike Pence campaigns in New Cumberland, Pa. on 10/19/20 (Screen Capture)

Vice President Mike Pence returned to Pennsylvania on Monday, campaigning in the once reliably Republican Harrisburg suburbs that are now playing host to one of the most competitive congressional races in the country.

Pence spoke for about 50 minutes during a bounce at Capital City Airport in New Cumberland, Pa., about 20 minutes outside Harrisburg, PennLive reported. There, he touted President Donald Trump’s economic record, even as the White House struggles to find its footing in an economy ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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According to PennLive, Pence parsed Trump’s false claim that Democratic nominee Joe Biden wants to ban fracking, saying the former vice president will eventually ban it, and that  “you can take it to the bank.”

Trump romped in Cumberland County in 2016, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton 55-38 percent. Republicans gained voters in the suburban county in September, according to a Capital-Star analysis. The county makes up the bulk of the closely watched fight for the 10th Congressional District, pitting GOP incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Perry against Democratic state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

Perry, a former of the state House of Representatives, narrowly fended off a challenge from Democrat George Scott in 2018, reflecting the changing face of a district that has become more purple since Trump’s victory in 2016.

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