CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Vice President Mike Pence came to the Lowcountry on Tuesday and spoke at a campaign event for Rep. Nancy Mace, who is running fo the First U.S. Congressional District seat.
The event was held at The Citadel Tuesday evening.
Mace said the biggest challenge is facing off against incumbent Joe Cunningham who won the first congressional district back in 2018 by a small margin, the first time a Democrat took control of the district in nearly 30 years.
The visit from Pence shows just how important this race is.
Republicans think they can retake the seat as part of their effort to retake the house.
During the event there were several protesters outside the venue who held signs calling Pence a racist and denouncing President Donald Trump.
Second lady Karen Pence traveled with the vice president and visited military spouse and veteran-owned Grey Ghost Bakery.
She went on a tour of the bakery, sampled baked goods and had a discussion with a local Small Business Administration representative about how the bakery started with the help of SBA programming.
Their visit to Charleston follows a meeting in Columbia with Gov. Henry McMaster and education leaders on opening schools safely amid the pandemic.
Pence praised McMaster’s leadership in reopening the state’s economy as well as his plan to reopen schools this fall.
“I think the American people and people across the state realize that when it comes to a choice between dealing with the pandemic or opening up America it’s not an either-or. We can do both,” Pence said.
The vice president said he believes we can safely reopen schools and reassured parents and teachers who fear COVID-19.
“We believe that responsible plans can be developed, like you’ve seen developed here at the local level and at the state level, that will protect our students protect faculty protect the community and protect the most vulnerable,” he said. “And so I just my pledge to every parent is we’re going to continue to work our hearts out to make sure that the guidance is there. The resources are there. But we really do believe that is possible to safely reopen our schools. We think that’s in the interest of our kids we think it’s in the interest of working families. And it’s in the interest of America.”
Pence last visited the Charleston area in February. During that visit, he spoke with cadets at The Citadel and was guest of honor at the 9th annual Patriot Dinner where he received the Nathan Hale Patriot Award.