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Vice President Pence makes two stops in West Virginia

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Mountain State Saturday, making stops in Scott Depot and Charleston. (WCHS/WVAH)

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Mountain State Saturday and spoke with local leaders and small business owners.

Joined by Small Business Administration administrator Linda McMahon, Pence touched town at Yeager Airport in Air Force Two just after noon.

While still on the tarmac, Pence and McMahon met with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Senator Joe Manchin.

From Yeager Airport, Pence’s motorcade made its way to Foster Supply in Scott Depot where he and McMahon spoke with local leaders and small business owners to discuss small business in a private meeting.

After the private meeting, Pence and McMahon spoke to more than 100 people inside Foster Supply's warehouse.

McMahon took to the podium first and said it was her privilege to be in the Mountain State. McMahon told those in attendance she was listening to small business concerns and she and the Trump administration have small businesses backs.

After briefly speaking, McMahon introduced Vice President Pence.

Pence immediately thanked West Virginians supporting the Trump campaign.

He praised Foster Supply and the many other small businesses that were represented at the event, saying “Trump will be the best friend small American businesses will have.” Like McMahon, Pence said the Trump administration is listening to small businesses.

Pence even joked with the crowed saying he had learned that Foster Supply had a wall division and said, “Maybe we need to talk” referencing Trump’s proposed boarder wall.

Pence then changed his focus to healthcare saying, “small businesses need Obamacare to be repealed and replaced.”

One day after the Trump administration’s American Health Care Act failed to pass, Pence said “yesterday was not a victory for West Virginia.”

The Vice President also thanked Congressmen Evan Jenkins and Alex Mooney, who were also in attendance, for their support.

Here his complete address from Foster Supply here:

After speaking for about 30 minutes, Pence made his way to Charleston where he made a stop at a Make American Great Again rally.

Trump supporters held a Make American Great Again march Saturday afternoon that started at Laidley Field and ended at the Capitol.

Pence arrived at the Capitol at about 3 p.m. and spoke to a large crowd at the West Virginia War Memorial.

Pence again thanked West Virginians for their support during the presidential election.

As he concluded his speech at the Capitol, Pence made his way into the crowd where he shook hands and took photos with supporters.

See his entire speech from the West Virginia War Memorial here:


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