Washington County VA

Vice President visits Abingdon in support of November's GOP ticket

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. - Three candidates for Virginia state office will go to election day with support from the White House. Vice President Mike Pence speaking on behalf of Republican candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General in Abingdon Saturday evening.

Pence's visit to southwest Virginia explored rural issues and his support for backing the Republican candidate for governor.

"Ed Gillespie will not let you down," Pence said.

The vice president using the rally's platform to make promises from Washington and the Trump administration.

Pence said, "We're going to pass the largest tax cut in history, and we're going to do it this year."

The region, which is suffering a major blow to the economy from a loss in industry, is looking for a commitment to create jobs to put friends and family back to work.

"I hope they continue with jobs. We need job creation in our area," GOP supporter Dana Christian said.

"Of course, jobs, bringing in the industry down here and revitalizing southwest Virginia," Linda Meyer said. Meyer drove from Speedwell, Virginia to represent the Wythe County Republican Party.

The GOP hopefuls meet their democratic counterparts in one of two gubernatorial races this November.

Gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie said, "Virginia can be the #1 economy in the country."

The vice president was not welcomed with open arms from the entire region. A group of protestors gathered in Abingdon with signs to promote their Democratic candidate, Ralph Northam, and issues they feel like the White House has not addressed properly.

The group held signs with concerns about the party's stance on abortion, racism, and immigration.

Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned for Democrat Ralph Northam in Northern Virginia Saturday.

Northam had support from Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday as well.

Biden traveled to Reston, Virginia to participate in a round table discussion on workforce development. Biden said, "the only hope for leadership we have is at the state level." He praised Northam's authenticity and called his economic plan "first rate."


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