Mike Pence makes campaign stops in Norfolk, Williamsburg

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Indiana Governor Mike Pence spent his Tuesday in Hampton Roads.

The Republican vice presidential candidate spoke aboard the USS Wisconsin Tuesday afternoon with a group of veterans who support the Trump/Pence ticket.

Pence hosted a roundtable discussion that lasted 30 minutes. He spoke of Donald Trump’s desire to reform the VA, saying that veteran healthcare is not an “entitlement,” but is a service veterans have earned.

After the roundtable, Pence spoke one on one with 10 On Your Side’s Deanna LeBlanc. He talked about Donald Trump’s plan to build up the U.S. Navy.

Trump has said in the past that the current fleet of 276 ships is too small. He’s said he wants to add an additional 75.

“We have the smallest Navy since 1950 and Donald Trump and I know that for America to be the leader of the free world, for us to continue to provide security for our people and all the navigable waters of the seven seas, we’ve got to rebuild this Navy and right here in these waters we’re going to rebuild American strength,” Pence said.

Pence’s stops in Hampton Roads are the latest in a string of visits to southeastern Virginia by Donald Trump’s GOP presidential ticket. Trump recently spoke at an invite-only event on Sept. 6 at the Sandler Center.

During that visit, Trump acknowledged the importance of winning the Commonwealth in the November election.

“Hopefully we can get people registered because we have to win Virginia. We have to win Virginia,” he said.

Pence stopped in Virginia Beach and Norfolk in early August for a town hall and a rally. His visit Tuesday was held outside of the Capitol Building off Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg.

Despite heavy showers, hundreds of supporters came out.

“Leave here tonight from this historic place, and tell somebody that we have got to elect Donald Trump as the next president of the United States and we can make America great again,” Pence told the crowd. He called the election a close race.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Pence voiced plans to strengthen and support law enforcement, rebuild the military, cut taxes, tighten national security and attack terrorism.

“Donald Trump and I know America needs to be strong for the world to be safe,” he said.


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Colonial Williamsburg officials on Monday released the following statement:

Governor Mike Pence will hold a rally Tuesday starting at 4:30 p.m. on Duke of Gloucester Street outside the Capitol Building adjacent to the Colonial Williamsburg property. The rally, which was approved by the City of Williamsburg, is not a Colonial Williamsburg event. The event will be held on public property and will be managed using city resources. As a 501(c)(3) organization, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation does not endorse any particular candidate or political party.”

Trump opponents gathered with signs outside before the rally, criticizing the Republican presidential candidate’s birther comments.

“With so much at stake in this election, and less than 50 days to go, we simply cannot allow and risk Donald Trump, Mike Pence and their bigoted campaign to get into the White House,” said State Sen. Mamie Locke.

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