Nashville crowd of 2,000 hears Pence praise Trump & TN Republicans, voice sympathy for Nashville mayor

A crowd estimated at 2,000 at the Tennessee Republican Party’s annual fundraising dinner Thursday evening heard Vice President Mike Pence hail the Trump administration’s accomplishments, praise the field of GOP gubernatorial candidates, declare U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker “extraordinary” and express sympathy with Nashville’s mayor over the death of her son.

State Republican Chairman Scott Golden says both the crowd and the money collected — about $850,000 — were records for TNGOP.

Further from The Tennessean:

After an introduction from Gov. Bill Haslam, Pence said he wanted to take a moment to honor Mayor Megan Barry, whose son, Max, died of an apparent drug overdose Saturday night.

“Allow me to take a moment, a personal moment, to express our deepest sympathy to your Mayor Megan Barry,” he said. “I know I speak for everyone gathered here at this state Republican Party and all across Tennessee when I say Mayor Barry, her husband and her family and her friends will be in our prayers.”

…“With your support here in Tennessee, President Donald Trump turned the blue wall red,” Pence said, noting that 92 of the state’s 95 counties voted for the president. “The Clinton campaign didn’t know what hit them in the Volunteer State.”

…After mentioning U.S. Rep. Diane Black, who on Wednesday announced her entrance into the state’s race for governor, he also called out the names of the four other top-tier Republicans in the race.

…”You’ve all got big shoes to fill because (Gov.) Bill Haslam is one of the best governors in the United States of America,” Pence said to the field of candidates.

…”It’s prosperity, it’s security, it’s protecting our fundamental liberties, it’s strengthening America at home and abroad. President Trump has done all that and more,” Pence said. “And it’s only been six months.”

Pence said he and Trump will continue fighting until Congress approves legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

“Obamacare has failed, and Obamacare must go,” Pence said. “”This ain’t over.”

One Response to Nashville crowd of 2,000 hears Pence praise Trump & TN Republicans, voice sympathy for Nashville mayor

  • Cannoneer2 says:

    For those of us trying to get home after working a 12 hour shift, and not having anything even remotely resembling an “August Recess”, yesterday’s trip home was no fun at all among a crowd estimated at way more than 2000 drivers.

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