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Lights go out on Mike Pence in Clearwater

When the power goes out, VP nominee Mike Pence improvises with a megaphone.

Chris Urso | Times

When the power goes out, VP nominee Mike Pence improvises with a megaphone.



If his campaign plane skidding off the runway in New York last week didn’t faze Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a power outage at his rally in Clearwater on Monday night couldn’t either.

When the lights and microphone went out inside a hangar at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, Pence got his hands on a megaphone and continued to make his case for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, delivering lines that had the crowd chanting “U.S.A.!” and “Drain the swamp!”

Trump’s running mate said no one should believe Democrat Hillary Clinton’s “air of inevitability” that last week fueled speculation about who she would pick as Cabinet members.

“I tell you: Don’t be fooled,” he told an enthusiastic crowd of 1,500 or more. “This race is on.”

Pence’s first public campaign appearance in the Tampa Bay area comes as GOP spirits rose after the FBI’s decision to look into emails found on a computer that belonged to Anthony Weiner, estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and both campaigns poured more resources into the Interstate 4 corridor, the pivot on which Florida elections tilt.

“This election just isn’t a choice between two people,” Pence said. “It’s a choice between two futures. So let me tell you where I stand. I choose a stronger America. I choose a more prosperous America. I choose an America that stands by our vital constitutional principles. I choose to stand with Donald Trump.”

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[Last modified: Monday, October 31, 2016 9:27pm]


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