LEETONIA, Ohio (WKBN) – After he addressed a crowd at Leetonia High School Wednesday evening, Governor Mike Pence stopped to answer some questions from WKBN 27 First News Anchor Stan Boney in an exclusive one-on-one interview.
The economy, specifically well-paying jobs, is high among the important issues for people around Youngstown. Pence said a Trump administration would help the area, which has been beat-up economically.
“I think the reason you saw the crowd out here tonight, the reason you see the momentum here in Ohio for this campaign is because the people of Ohio know we can do better,” he said. “The other party says this is the best we can do, but Donald Trump and I know this is just the best they can do.”
He said the country needs the right leadership to put common sense principles in place, lower taxes, reduce regulations, repeal Obamacare, support the coal industry and make better trade deals.
Pence also mentioned the importance of Mahoning and Trumbull counties, which have seen a large proportion of Democratic voters switch to Republican, in this election.
“Ohio looms very large, always, in national elections, but particularly so this year. Donald Trump’s message is appealing to people far beyond the traditional coalition of the Republican Party.”
On Wednesday, Pence said he met with Republicans, Independents and even Democrats that are all responding to the campaign’s “Make America Great Again” message.
“I think it’s because we recognize that America can stand tall on the world stage again,” he said.
Mahoning County’s former Trump for President campaign chairperson, Kathy Miller, was front and center for Pence’s speech. She resigned last week after saying racism wasn’t a problem in the United States until Barack Obama became president.
Pence said it was right of her to step down.
“We don’t associate ourselves with statements like that,” he said. “I think that all of these distractions that come up from time to time are not where the people of this state, or where the people of the country are focused.”
He added that the Trump campaign is seeing progress and momentum because it’s focusing on things that unite the country instead of divide it.