GOP VP Nominee Mike Pence At Two PA Events Tuesday

Aug 9, 2016

 

Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, gives a thumbs-up during a town hall meeting in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016.
Credit Gerry Broome / AP

**UPDATE: This story was updated at 11:45 a.m. to reflect Pence's Pittsburgh comments. 

The Republican nominee for vice president appeared at two campaign events in two different Pennsylvania cities on Tuesday.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence began a town hall at 3 p.m. at the Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center in Lancaster, continuing running-mate Donald Trump’s focus on winning the Keystone state.

The event featured many hallmarks of a Trump rally, including chants of “USA,” calls to “change the status quo,” and demands to jail Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

But Pence also spent considerable time emphasizing his, and Trump’s, commitment to the Constitution.

He also played up his populist, conservative appeal.

"Frankly, we’re tired of being told—as Ronald Regan used to say so well—we’re tired of being told that a, quote, ‘little intellectual elite’ in a far, distant Capitol can plan our lives better than we can plan them for ourselves,'" Pence said. 

At a rally at the Heinz History Center at 7 p.m., Pence said reporters "latch onto" comments Donald Trump makes "each and every day of the week" to avoid talking about Hillary Clinton's failures.

He alleged media bias at the Pittsburgh rally, just hours after Trump seemed to suggest violence against Clinton or judges she may nominate. Pence did not bring up those remarks to the crowd, but earlier told a local news station Trump was "of course not" suggesting violence.

He said reporters are not appropriately covering news that the father of the gunman in the Orlando nightclub shooting is supporting Clinton. Seddique Mateen, the father of Oman Mateen, attended one of Clinton's rallies this week in Florida. Clinton's camp said it didn't know Mateen was at the rally

Pence and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are taking on Democrats Clinton and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine in the Nov. 8 election.

As a battleground state, Pennsylvania is seeing a lot of the candidates and their television advertisements.

Polls currently show Trump trailing in Pennsylvania by an average of nearly nine points.

The GOP nominee’s currently campaigning around the South, making stops in North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.