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Pence's message to Colorado Springs crowd: Time to come home

October 26, 2016 Updated: October 27, 2016 at 6:49 am
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photo - Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Mike Pence spoke to a very enthusiastic crowd at the Colorado Springs Event Center on Wednesday, October 25, 2016.  photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette
Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Mike Pence spoke to a very enthusiastic crowd at the Colorado Springs Event Center on Wednesday, October 25, 2016. photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette 

With the latest polls showing Hillary Clinton pulling away in the final two weeks of the presidential race, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence urged more than 450 supporters at a Colorado Springs rally to "reach out to all your Republican friends and say it is time to come home."

The running mate to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, on the third stop of a day of campaigning that began in Nevada and would end in Nebraska, exhorted the vocal crowd to vote and told them "it is not time to make statement, it is time to make a difference and make sure that Hillary Clinton is never elected president." He said the choice between candidates in the presidential election "could never be more clear" and that whoever is elected Nov. 8 may get a chance to shape the U.S. Supreme Court for decades by appointing several justices.

Pence spent much of his 40-minute speech outlining how Trump planned to cut taxes for both individuals and businesses, halt illegal immigration, renegotiate trade deals, repeal the Affordable Care Act, put a moratorium on new federal regulations and end what he called "the war on coal." He also said told the crowd, which included dozens of veterans, that Trump would rebuild the nation's military, restore the "arsenal of democracy and give the military the resources they need to so they can hunt down and destroy ISIS (the Islamic State) at the source.

Trump also plans, if elected, to call for ethics reforms during his first 100 days in office that would "stop the revolving door" that allows Washington lawmakers and staffers to become lobbyists and "drain the swamp" in Washington, D.C., and put control of the federal government back into the hands of "ordinary Americans," he said. Leaked emails from Clinton advisers and the Democratic Party show, he said, that the FBI made a deal with the State Department to declassify some of her emails in exchange for more funding for some of its overseas operations.

"This isn't about me, us or our party. This is a movement of the American people and the American people will make America great again," Pence said. "Don't be fooled; this race is on and it is a wheel-to-wheel sprint to the finish and we will bring home a great victory for the American people."

He called the outpouring of support he and Trump have received a rallies across the nation "overwhelming and inspiring" and told the crowd that Trump, "this team and this movement is ready. If you make sure Colorado is ready, we will elect Donald Trump the 45th president."

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