Making his second stop in Nevada this month, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence attempted to make the case for him and running mate Donald Trump before a crowd of several hundred people in Henderson on Wednesday.
The Indiana governor attempted to drive a sharp contrast between the Republican ticket and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying she “personifies the failed establishment” and stressed the importance of door-to-door and word of mouth campaigning between now and November.
In a short interview with KTNV, Pence said he hoped to see Nevada be a part of a “winning coalition” of states support Republicans, but declined to give an opinion on the failure of top Nevada Republicans like Gov. Brian Sandoval and Sen. Dean Heller to endorse Trump.
The visit comes in light of a recent KTNV-TV 13 Action News/Rasmussen Reports poll found Clinton holding a narrow one-point lead over Trump in the state, well within the margin of error.
Pence promised that a Trump presidency would see tax cuts for all income groups and see increased support for police, calling Trump the "law and order" candidate.
Pence also took aim at the media, accusing them of giving Clinton a free pass while closely scrutinizing Trump.
“They’re so busy parsing every word Donald Trump said in the last 30 minutes, they apparently don’t have time to talk about what the Clintons have been doing for the last 30 years,” he said.
Several Republican officials spoke before Pence, including congressional candidate Danny Tarkanian, Assemblyman Chris Edwards and state party chair Michael McDonald.
Pence last visited Nevada earlier in August, speaking at town halls in Carson City and Reno. Trump is scheduled to speak at a state Republican party fundraiser in Lake Tahoe on Aug. 26.