/Vice President Mike Pence takes jab at Kamala Harris during Arizona visit

Vice President Mike Pence takes jab at Kamala Harris during Arizona visit

PHOENIX – As Vice President Mike Pence landed in Phoenix for an Arizona campaign event, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris would be his running mate. 

Harris is the first Black woman and first Asian American on a major party’s presidential ticket. 

Pence spoke at an event in Mesa to launch a “Latter-day Saints for Trump” coalition. 

The church is not affiliated with the Trump campaign’s LDS coalition, spokeswoman Jennifer Wheeler said and has a strict political neutrality policy.

During his speech, Pence acknowledged Harris.

“I don’t know if you all heard the news, but on the way here I heard Joe Biden just named his running mate – California Senator Kamala Harris,” Pence said. “So let me take this opportunity to welcome her to the race.” 

The crowd booed.

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“As you all know, Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have been overtaken by the radical left,” he said. “So given their promises of higher taxes, open borders, socialized medicine, and abortion on demand, it’s no surprise that he chose Senator Harris.”

He noted that the vice presidential debate was set for Oct. 7 in Utah.

His message to Harris: “Congratulations, I’ll see you in Salt Lake City.”

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During his remarks, Pence said the November election wasn’t a choice between red or blue, but a choice about the future of America and its ideals.

“The choice in this election is whether America remains America,” he said.

He said that voting for Democrats in the next election will hamper religious values, a key point for this group of LDS voters.

“Our economic recovery is on the ballot, but also there are things on the ballot that are more fundamental.”