VP Pence speaks at Lee University
The Vice President was at Lee University Saturday as part of a campaign event for Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn. Blackburn is running for Bob Corker's Senate seat.
Hundreds of people packed Pangle Hall to listen to Vice President Mike Pence speak. People started lining up nearly 5 hours before the event to get a seat.
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"Everybody out here got rained on, and lightning, and ruined their hair and things like that, but we're excited!" attendee Shawn Jones exclaimed.
Before the Vice President's arrival, a panel discussed the recent tax reform.
Representative Scott DesJarlais, Representative Chuck Fleischmann and business owner Daniel LeVan talked about the initiative and said it's helped Tennessee’s economy.
"We've got to get away from that partisan divide and look at the economic results. The tax reform is working,” Fleischmann urged. “We're seeing growth. We're seeing unprecedented growth."
During the discussion, Pence arrived at Lee University and was greeted with support from the crowd.
Friday marked a year and a half since the Trump administration took office.
"There’s only one way you can sum up the last 18 months,” Pence said. “It's been a year and a half of actions. It's been a year and a half of results. It's been a year and half of promises made and promises kept."
Pence urged voters to remember the importance of keeping Republicans in office in the upcoming election, especially keeping control of the Senate.
"This whole battle over the Congress this fall it's sure got my attention," Pence said. "I was actually there last time liberals ran the Congress, and I saw them almost run this whole economy into the ground."
Pence endorsed Marsha Blackburn for Tennessee’s U.S senate seat, "Marsha Blackburn is a tireless, principled, conservative leader and Tennessee is blessed to have her fighting for you yesterday, today and tomorrow.”
Attendees Channel 3 spoke with said that's exactly why they are showing up.
"It was a good way to get people enthusiastic to vote," Garrison Porter said as he was leaving the event.