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Pence to Missouri crowd: Trump will upend the status quo in Washington

Vice presidential candidate Mike Pence speaks in Chesterfield

Mike Pence, the Republican nominee for vice president, appeared at a rally in Chesterfield, Mo. on Tuesday. He said the candidacy of presidential nominee Donald Trump is "going to make America great again for every American, regardless of race, cr
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Mike Pence, the Republican nominee for vice president, appeared at a rally in Chesterfield, Mo. on Tuesday. He said the candidacy of presidential nominee Donald Trump is "going to make America great again for every American, regardless of race, cr

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence spoke to a packed room at the DoubleTree Hotel in Chesterfield, and touched upon the signature issues that have been the center of Donald Trump’s campaign.

“We’re going to make America great again for every American, regardless of race, creed or color,” Pence told the crowd.

During the roughly 45-minute speech, Pence spoke about how Trump will upend the status quo in Washington, DC., criticized Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on her emails, and said the U.S. has lost standing in the world with the foreign policy of the Barack Obama presidency.

“We cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies,” Pence said. “Donald Trump will stand up to our enemies and America again will command the respect of the world.”

In his role as attack dog, he criticized Clinton and said she is someone from the past.

“The other party has nominated somebody everyone is tired of,” Pence said. “Hillary Clinton will never be president of the United States.”

Pence attacks included the payment to Iran, which he characterized as a ransom for Americans being held prisoner, not sticking to red lines, and a deteriorating middle east.

He criticized the foreign policy during the Obama administration, during which Clinton served as secretary of state for four years.

“Weakness arouses evil,” Pence said. “When Donald Trump is president, we won’t be paying ransom to terrorists … The world is more dangerous today than the day Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama took office.”

Pence touched on how Obama was insulted by Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, and how Obama had to exit Air Force One from the belly of the plane because there were no stairs waiting for him when he arrived in China.

“We cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies,” Pence said. “Donald Trump will stand up to our enemies and America again will command the respect of the world.”

Pence also touched on the economy.

He said more people are living in poverty than when Obama took office, and Clinton would be more of the same.

Lines about streamlining taxes and cutting marginal tax rates, and making it easier for businesses to compete received lots of cheers from the crowd.

He then returned to two of the central tenants of the Trump campaign.

“We’ll have trade deals that support Americans … (and) end illegal immigration once and for all,” Pence said.

We’ll have trade deals that support Americans … (and) end illegal immigration once and for all.

GOP Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence

Lee Greenberg, of Creve Coeur, Mo., said he loved the speech. He bought two “Make America Great Again” hats, and wore a hat that was from the George W. Bush campaigns.

His favorite part was “when they talk about the other side (nominating) crooks, I believe that’s the case,” Greenberg said.

A line of supporters were in the hotel lobby about 11 a.m., slowly filtering into the conference room for a speech that would come two hours later.

Among those in the crowd was Teresa Tucker, from East Peoria, who rented a car and drove about three hours to come to event.

“I think it’s good to be part of the process and show support for both candidates,” Tucker said.

She bought a hat and three buttons before entering a hotel conference room.

“I like Trump because he gets things done, and he’s no B.S.,” Tucker said. “He’ll tell it like it is. I love that.”

Clinton, who is from suburban Chicago, is expected to win Illinois in the Nov. 8 election. Tucker acknowledged the state will probably vote Democrat in the election, especially with the influence from Chicago.

“Downstate, there are a lot of Republicans, we could inch along,” Tucker said.

During the speech, as Pence paid tribute to Phyllis Schlafly, who died on Monday, two hecklers shouted obscenities.

The crowd responded with chants of “USA! USA! USA!” as the two hecklers were escorted out of the room. It was the only interuption at the rally, in contrast to some Trump rallies during the primary season, in which fights broke out and demonstrators were arrested.

Outside of the hotel was a lone demostrater.

Grayson Jostes, of O’Fallon, Missouri, held a sign that said ‘Love Trumps Hate, and ‘Make America Gay Again.’

The gay man said he disagrees with Trump and Pence and stances the governor has taken in regards to gay rights.

He pointed to Trump’s previous businesses that have gone through bankruptcy, and Pence’s religious rights laws in regards to serving homosexual people.

“They’re probably the worse president and vice presidential (candidates) we’ve had in history,” Jostes said.

But Trump-Pence supporters packed the room for the Indiana governor.

Cousins Dan Dunn, and Debbie Dunn, of South St. Louis, have been to multiple Trump campaign rallies, including the one at the Peabody Opera House in March.

Dan Dunn, who is a truck driver, has been to five rallies, including one in South Carolina.

“We need to make America great again, we need to build a wall, and we’re being overrun by illegal immigration and drugs and crime,” Dan Dunn said. “We’ve got to get tough on terrorism, we need to return to our Judeo Christian values. Obama is taking this country in the wrong direction.”

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter

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