President Trump, Mike Pence, Vice President discussed on Morning Edition

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I'm Noelle King and I'm Steve Inskeep. President Trump captured the White House by winning three states that many Democrats imagined he could not Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. Wisconsin voted for a Democrat for president seven times in a row before Trump broke the streak in 2016 In 2020 vice president Pence has been travelling to the state, aiming to reassure some Republicans. My young silver from member station W. W. M. In Milwaukee reports. Wisconsin was one of a trio of states whose electoral college votes made Trump president He travels here, often most recently to northern Wisconsin last week. Earlier in the week vice president Pence was in Waukesha County, historically Republican suburb outside of Milwaukee. In front of a roomful of people decked out in red, white and blue Pence gave a version of his stump speech like to tell people that like to tell people I'm a Christian, conservative and a Republican in that order. And I couldn't be more proud to be vice president to a president who has stood strong for faith and freedom in America. That's our language. He talked our language. Jelena, Playing is president of Wisconsin Family Action, a conservative organization. When I left the Pence rally, the faith in America I got the double and tundra there. Pits made that very clear. We have faith in this country and the goodness of its people and that people of faith need to stay behind the president, including going to the polls and voting and encouraging others. Other Republicans like Jorge Benavente Appreciate that pence is more measured than the president. I met him outside of a bar in downtown Walkinshaw. Where he was watching Trump do a town hall event on Fox News mean there's certain times where I wish Trump was more like Pence, but I'm willing to kind of take the good with the bad. They're a few blocks away outside. Nice Ash Cigar Bar on Main Street sales manager Joel Lander says he's reassured by pencils presence on the GOP ticket. I have some issues with Trump. Somebody should take his Twitter calling away. Harry, like I think that should happen. I think it gets him in more trouble than what he needs to be getting into. But Mike Pence was a solid choice. Very, very solid. Lander voted for Trump in 2016 while he will vote for the president again in November. He's not super confident about another victory right now. I'm not. I think there's a lot of Division going on in the country right now, and I think it's going to be a tough role for him to get re elected right now. It's no coincidence that the Trump campaign is sending pence to suburbs like Waukesha County. Says Bill Makashin, a Republican strategist. Makashin says the former Indiana governor is a better fit right now for conservative suburban voters, notably women, especially, he says, given how Trump struggles to show empathy, both race and and the pandemic. Our issues that require empathy right? Because people have been impacted by it, either personally or their extended family. There's been a significant number of deaths pants has been dubbed The Wisconsin Whisper by Charlie Sykes. Milwaukee conservative political commentator who opposes Trump. But Sykes is dubious about whether Pence can really make much of a difference this fall. Donald Trump is so loud it's hard to hear any of those whispers over the president. So I'm just not sure what it accomplishes what the value added, is Sykes says. Ultimately, this election is going to be a referendum on Donald Trump, Not on Mike Pence. For NPR News. I'm Ayaan Silver in Milwaukee. It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep, and I'm Noelle King John McConnell With your Tuesday morning traffic.

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