Mike Pence gets VIP treatment at Miami-Dade GOP dinner
For Mike Pence, the VIP treatment he got Friday night from Miami-Dade County Republicans might not have been immediately evident. Donald Trump’s running mate, after all, is the governor of Indiana, where punctuality is not known to be a problem.
But to come to Miami, where life moves on Miami Time, and run on schedule? This was a Big Deal.
“We’re going to do something a little different this year,” local GOP Chairman Nelson Diaz said when the clock ticked 6:59 p.m. “We’re going to start exactly on time.”
And so, spiffy-looking Republican donors — including several men sporting suit jackets and red “Make America Great Again” hats — peeled themselves away from the bar and strolled into the ballroom of the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport and Convention Center to give Pence their attention.
Pence knew to play to the crowd. In his first South Florida appearance of the campaign, he veered from his regular stump speech to offer a few words about Miami-Dade Republicans’ dearest foreign-policy issue.
“Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would lift the embargo completely and normalize relations with Cuba for nothing in return,” he said. “Let me make a promise to you Donald Trump and I will take to the White House: We will reverse Barack Obama’s executive order on Cuba. We will support a continuation of the embargo until we see real political and religious freedoms take hold in that country.”