Hundreds packed a hall at the Salem Civic Center on Wednesday as Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence visited for a campaign event.
Earlier in the day, Governor Pence also spoke at Liberty University’s convocation in Lynchburg.
At the start of the Salem event, Pence took a jab at his opponent, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, to explain why he was running late.
“I was having lunch at the Texas Tavern, and I was trying to eat some chili, and Senator Kaine called to interrupt me five times.”
The Trump-Pence campaign called the event a town hall, but the Indiana governor did not take any questions from the crowd. Instead, he spoke for about 35 minutes.
The event came just days after the release of the tape of Donald Trump’s lewd discussion about women and the second presidential debate, which Pence said his running mate won.
“They also heard a man speak with humility,” Pence said of Trump’s performance at the debate. “He spoke from his heart to the American people. And then he fought back and focused the attention in this race where it truly belongs – on the choice that we face.”
Pence discussed a wide range of issues, including health care, foreign policy and the nomination of Supreme Court justices. He also criticized Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, echoing his running mate’s calls for a special prosecutor to investigate her.
“We will appoint a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of what the Clinton Foundation did because here, in the United States of America, no one is above the law,” Pence said.
Audience members we spoke with said they were pleased with what they heard. Those who couldn’t get into the event due to fire code restrictions told us Pence greeted those listening outside.
“It was wonderful,” said Betty Lou Fox, who listened to the event from outside the building. “We had a great cheering crowd out here. It was almost like a big rally outside.”
“So many topics that he discussed [hit] real close to home to everybody,” said Jackie Hayes, who attended the event.
Gov. Pence is also making stops in Pennsylvania and Florida this week, according to the Trump-Pence campaign.