Pence Promotes Conservative Congressman

Anderson Faith and Freedom BBQ

Associated Press
August 27, 2019 - 8:31 am

Lee Rogers

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ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence is advocating for Trump administration trade policy and raising money for one of South Carolina's most conservative lawmakers.

Pence told about 3,000 people in Anderson, South Carolina, that the administration has spent the last 2 .5 years making and keeping its promises.

Pence was the headline speaker Monday night at congressman Jeff Duncan's barbecue fundraiser. Organizers tout the Faith and Freedom BBQ as South Carolina's largest annual gathering for conservatives.

Pence visited the state last March to help Sen. Lindsey Graham kick off his reelection bid. On Monday night, Graham took the podium just ahead of Pence, saying, "If you're not here to support Trump/Pence, you came to the wrong place."

Earlier Monday, Pence visited a metal fabrication business to promote the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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Former Governor and Congressman Mark Sanford made an appearance last evening at Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan's annual Faith & Freedom BBQ in Anderson to test the political waters in the upstate at South Carolina's largest gathering of conservatives. 

Sanford is considering a challenge to President Trump for the GOP presidential nomination.  He plans to make his official decision by Labor Day.

Sansford said he is ready to hear from those who may not welcome his interest in the race.

"I suspect I am going to hear the full buffet.  Folks saying 'Absolutely don't do it; we picked our horse.  We're moving on.'  Other people say 'No, you know, we do need to have a debate as Republicans about debt and spending that has sort of gone out the window of late,'" Sanford said.

SC GOP chairman Drew McKissick also attended the event and the party will make a decision about a Repbulican Party Presidential primary next month.

"We'll meet on September 7th and make an informed decision about whether or not to have a primary.  [It is] strictly a party decision," McKissick said.

Regardless of what the GOP does in South Carolina, there will still be a Presidential Primary election as South Carolina Democrats select their nominee.

 

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