Pence speech rescheduled for Aug. 19 in Detroit

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Vice President Mike Pence will now speak to the Detroit Economic Club on Monday, Aug.19. 

Pence was previously scheduled to speak to business leaders on Wednesday, but postponed the talk due to the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend.

Pence will now give a 30-minute talk later this month beginning at noon at the Motor City Hotel and Casino. President Donald Trump gave a speech at the Detroit Economic Club that was interrupted by protestors during his 2016 campaign.

Pence was in metro Detroit back in April touting the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Trump’s proposed replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He also did a private campaign event for Trump’s 2020 reelection bid.

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“The president and I know we have got to level the playing field for the American autoworker … by prioritizing trade deals that put America first,” Pence told a group of auto industry executives in Taylor.

Michigan has been a focal point in next year’s election after it was the closest state of 2016 and its 16 electoral votes helped put Trump over the top.

Trump kicked off his campaign in Michigan with a Grand Rapids rally in March in which he pledged to restore funding for the Great Lakes. But he has not been back in the state since.

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Almost all of the roughly two dozen Democratic presidential contenders have stumped in Michigan, something made easier with the two-night debates held in Detroit last month. Twenty candidates took the stage at the Fox Theatre and several held fundraisers and other campaign events around the debates.

Nick Manes
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