Pence in MI: Clinton’s plan is ‘more of the same’

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Ind. Gov. Mike Pence delivers a speech at the Macomb County Lincoln Day dinner in suburban Detroit. (Oct. 17, 2016)

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Nearly a thousand GOP faithful gathered in Macomb County Monday evening to hear from Ind. Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican vice presidential candidate.

Pence delivered a speech at the Macomb County Lincoln Day dinner in suburban Detroit. The event was private.

Pence said that if Trump is elected, he would improve the economy.

“Hillary Clinton’s plan: More of the same. More of the same failed policies, more taxes, more regulation, more Obamacare, more of the war on American energy, more of the kind of trade policies that have been driving jobs out of Michigan and out of this country. A trillion dollar tax increase that independent experts say will cost 500,000 American jobs — that’s the centerpiece of her economic agenda. Now, they tell us to be patient. They tell us this economy is the best that we can do. But the people of Michigan know better. It’s not the best we can do, it’s just the best they can do. And when Donald Trump becomes president of the United States of America, we’re going to bring time-honored, common sense, conservative principles into practice, and we’re going to get this economy moving again,” Pence said to cheers and applause.

The visit comes three weeks before the Nov. 8 general election and at time when statewide and national polls are trending for Hillary Clinton. Most polls show her with a commanding control of the electoral college, just shy of the 270 votes she would need to become president.

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The two campaigns must hang on to the states trending for them and pick up others before Nov. 8. The tossup states hold the key — but Michigan, which is currently leaning toward Clinton, is not one of them.

That path, due to sheer numbers, is more difficult for the Donald Trump/Pence ticket than it is for Clinton/Tim Kaine, but in this unusual election cycle we may see the battle continue right up until election day — at least that’s what both campaigns are promising.

Less than 24 hours after Pence leaves southeast Michigan, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, will be in the area with his wife for a campaign event.