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Vice President Pence Visits Lakeland: “Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Alone”

Photo: Danielle Prieur

About a thousand Trump supporters were at Lakeland Linder International Airport on Saturday to hear Vice President Mike Pence speak. 

Pence said the Democrats would pack the court with liberal judges if Trump wasn’t re-elected. He said President Trump fulfilled his duty under the Constitution when he nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. 

He said Democrats had expressed their concern over her Catholic faith and conservative views, referencing an exchange from a 2017 hearing when Coney Barrett was an appellate court nominee.

“Well, I got news for the Democrats and their friends in Hollywood. That dogma lives loudly in me. That dogma lives loudly in you. And the right to live and work and worship according to the dictates of our faith lives loudly in the Constitution of the United States of America.”

Pence said it was crucial that Florida get out and vote early just as President Donald Trump had in Palm Beach if they wanted to make sure the next Supreme Court justice was a conservative.

“And remember: friends don’t let friends vote alone. Bring a family member, bring a neighbor, bring a coworker and vote.” 

Pence voted early in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. 

His visit came a day after President Donald Trump held a rally in The Villages. President Barack Obama campaigned for his former Vice President Joe Biden in Miami on Saturday.

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Danielle Prieur

About Danielle Prieur

Reporter & Fill-in Host

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, ... Read Full Bio »