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GOP vice presidential hopeful addresses faithful in York County

Pence, in speech at Penn Waste, vows 'less taxes, less regulation' under Trump

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Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence at a rally in York County in 2016 - (Photo / Amy Spangler)

Calling the current campaign for the presidency a battle of “change versus the status quo,” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence vowed in York County that Donald Trump will restore both pride and the economy in America.

Pence, speaking to an estimated several hundred supporters at a rally at a Penn Waste recycling facility in York County on Thursday afternoon, promised that Trump will ” bring new ideas and real change to the American economy.”

Republican vice presidential hopeful Pence delivered a 25-minute speech in which he promised that he and Republican presidential candidate Trump would restore American pride worldwide, and end what he called a sluggish rebound from the Great Recession.

When Trump becomes president, Pence vowed, “we’re going to get this economy moving again for all of the people of Pennsylvania and all of the people of the United States.

“Donald Trump has a plan,” the Indiana governor continued. “It’s about less taxes, less regulation, more American energy … and repealing Obamacare lock, stock and barrel,” he said, drawing a huge hand from the crowd.

The election is about national security, Pence said, but “it’s also about prosperity. I don’t have to tell you that despite all the sunny talk from the other side” that the economy is strong, “we know different. The truth is, we’re in the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression.”

Trump will “put into practice the common-sense principles that have always gotten the economy moving again,” Pence declared.

“We’re going to cut taxes across the board for working families, for small businesses and family farms … and we’re going to lower business taxes in America so that companies can create jobs in this great nation and not send them overseas.”

The GOP vice-presidential candidate was welcomed to Penn Waste by Republican state Sen. Scott Wagner, the founder and president of the regional trash and recycling firm.

“There is an enthusiasm out there. People want to see change,” Wagner told the crowd.

Pence was a U.S. congressman from 2000-12 before becoming Indiana’s 50th governor in 2012. He has been credited by some observers for being a low-key counterbalance to Trump in this year’s election.

A conservative who admires late President Ronald Reagan, Pence lost two bids for a U.S. congressional seat in 1988 and 1990 before he became a conservative radio and TV talk-show host from 1994 to 1999.

After successfully running for Congress in 2000, he represented Indiana’s 2nd congressional district and Indiana’s 6th congressional district in the U.S. House, and was chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2009 to 2011.

Pence is “forceful, but he’s also calm and deliberate, and he gets his message across,” said one spectator at the rally, Hanover-area resident Mary Santoro. “He explains what Donald Trump doesn’t explain very well. He’s a perfect foil to Donald.”

David O'Connor
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