VP Mike Pence campaigns for President Trump in Wilmington

GREENSBORO, NC (WWAY/AP) — With just one week to go before election day, Vice President Mike Pence made two campaign stops in the Carolinas on Tuesday for President Donald Trump’s reelection bid.

After holding rallies at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro at midday Tuesday, and Greenville, SC in the afternoon, Pence arrived at Wilmington International Airport around 6:30 p.m.

By the time the vice president arrived to the outdoor event it was standing room only, with several hundred people in attendance. Organizers had to bring out additional chairs to seat people.

“Let’s show America that North Carolina is Trump country,” Vice President Pence proclaimed to the crowd.

After an introduction by Senator Thom Tillis, Pence ran to the stage from Air Force Two. He touted the Trump administration’s record during the president’s first term.

“In three short years, we rebuilt our military, we revived our economy, we secured our border, supported law enforcement, stood for life, liberty, and the constitution of the United States of America,” he said.

The vice president called on North Carolinians to vote red straight down the ballot and elect Dan Forest to the governor’s office.

“When we re-elect President Donald Trump and send Senator Thom Tillis back to the United States Senate, we need North Carolina to send Congressman David Rouzer to a new republican majority on capital hill and retire Nancy Pelosi once and for all,” Pence said.

Pence touched on a number of topics from abortion, to law enforcement, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also called out democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris for a move he says went against our state, voting against the United States–Mexico–Canada agreement.

“Kamala Harris put her radical environmental agenda ahead of North Carolina workers, ahead of North Carolina agriculture,” Pence said. “I’ll promise you, with President Donald Trump in the White House, we will always put American workers and American agriculture first.”

WWAY spoke to some audience members to find out why they attended, and why they prefer President Trump over former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I want my country to stay my country,” said Frank Raley. “I want the freedoms, I want security, I want our military strong, I want my grandchildren to have the same opportunities I do.”

“All of my life, and I’m retired, I have waited for a republican president to do the things that this president has accomplished,” said Teresa Sholy.

“Joe Biden just wants to come in, raise all of our taxes, he wants to destroy the country,” said James Scott.

With election night rapidly approaching we asked how confident they feel in their candidate.

“The polls are saying Joe, but all of this says Trump,” said Wyatt Gable.

Ahead of his Wilmington visit, Biden for President Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director Kate Bedingfield released the following statement:

“Today, Vice President Pence is traveling to North Carolina for the second time since we learned that five of his staff members, including people he has regular contact with, tested positive for COVID-19.

“Vice President Pence and the Trump Administration have made their blatant disregard for the safety of North Carolinians abundantly clear. This trip won’t distract voters from the Trump Administration’s egregious mishandling of the pandemic, which has sent North Carolina’s economy into a tailspin and cost over 4,100 lives in the state.

“As President and Vice President, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will tackle this pandemic, take care of our working families, and build our economy back better than before.”

Click here to view additional response from North Carolina Democrats.

Check back for a link to watch the rally in its entirety.

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