Vice President Mike Pence holds back-to-back campaign rallies in Central Florida

Rallies held in Orange County and The Villages

ORLANDO, Fla. – Vice President Mike Pence held back-to-back campaign rallies Saturday as the November election approaches.

Pence landed in Orlando just after 12 p.m. Saturday, arriving on board Air Force 2.

The vice president arrived at Central Christian University around 1:20 p.m. Saturday.

While there, Pence held a “Latinos for Trump” event that last roughly 50 minutes.

It’s a vote experts say could swing the state.

“Latino evangelicals are that kind of slice in the middle,” said Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition. “They go in both directions. If enough vote in one direction over the other, there goes the election.”

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During the event, the small crowd chanted “four more years” and “fill that seat,” referring to Donald Trump’s supreme court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett.

“The road to victory runs right through Florida,” Pence said. “Under this president’s leadership in the first three years, we achieved the lowest unemployment for Hispanic Americans.”

Once finished in Orlando, Pence held a “Make America Great Again” event in The Villages at 3:30 p.m.

“Under the president’s leadership, we’re going to see the next man and first woman on the moon, then we’re heading to Mars,” Vice President Pence said.

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Pence is making in-person appearances just weeks before the 2020 presidential election and come just days after the Vice President debated Democratic Vice President candidate Kamala Harris.

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Pence’s appearance comes as more Floridians test positive for COVID-19. The pandemic was a big topic during Wednesday night’s debate.

Pence, who leads the president’s coronavirus task force, acknowledged that “our nation’s gone through a very challenging time this year,” yet vigorously defended the administration’s overall response to a pandemic that has killed more than 210,000 Americans.

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President Trump is slated to speak at Orlando Sanford International Airport on Monday.

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About the Authors:

It has been an absolute pleasure for Clay LePard living and working in Orlando since he joined News 6 in July 2017. Previously, Clay worked at WNEP TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he brought viewers along to witness everything from unprecedented access to the Tobyhanna Army Depot to an interview with convicted double-murderer Hugo Selenski.