Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh asked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence a question that has been on every voter’s mind: Can GOP nominee Donald Trump really win White House?
The Republican vice presidential candidate called into Limbaugh’s radio program Tuesday and discussed the scenario.
“Let me ask you something specifically because we’re now getting down to nitty-gritty time,” Limbaugh said. “If you look at ‘friendly media,’ say, on our side, you’ll see evidence that the gap is closing. You’ll see evidence in polling data that some preconceived notions are not true, that Mr. Trump and you are doing better with women and [Democrat] Hillary [Clinton] is not doing as well with the African-American vote and turnout as projected. Then you go to their media and find out you guys don’t have ‘a route’ to 270,” the number of electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
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“Despite all this other news over here, that you just don’t have a pathway to 270. What is your assessment of where you are right now?” Limbaugh asked.
Pence stated he only believes “what I see and what I know.” The governor relayed that “the enthusiasm out there” at campaign events “is like nothing I’ve ever seen in my lifetime,” adding that he and Trump have been campaigning across the country telling the truth about Obamacare and how they plan on repealing it with a Republican majority in the House.
“I mean, I really do think Donald Trump has given voice to the frustrations and aspirations of millions of Republicans, independents and many Democrats across this country like no one since Ronald Reagan, and we see it every day,” Pence said.
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Limbaugh mentioned that he was currently watching Trump on television giving a speech in Miami, noting that even left-leaning Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post was starting to write about how good Trump’s speeches were now.
Pence laughed, stating that Trump has been “traveling across the country giving meaningful, substantive speeches on everything from ending radical Islamic terrorism as a threat to our country, about ending illegal immigration, about reviving our economy through tax cuts and repealing Obamacare and having smarter and tougher trade deals.”
Limbaugh brought up how desperate Clinton looked by trotting out Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe whom Trump was accused of insulting, and how some of Clinton’s media surrogates seemed to be in full-on panic mode.
“That campaign to me seems they’ve run out of gas, that they’ve run out of things to say. You guys seem invigorated and really encouraged and upbeat and positive and committed,” Limbaugh noted.
“Thirty years of pay-to-play politics and literally the politics of personal enrichment flowing out of the Clintons’ careers, the American people have had enough, and they don’t want to see that continue,” Pence said.
Limbaugh briefly mentioned the slow growth of the economy under President Obama — not one quarter of at least 3 percent economic growth — and how the president was still able to avoid taking accountability for this.
Pence said he believed the American people saw through the sham, and that it was time to return back to “time-honored, conservative, common-sense principles.”
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“It’s time to come home to elect Donald Trump as the next president,” Pence declared. “It’s time to come home to re-elect strong Republican majorities in the House and Senate to partner with our new president, and it’s time to come home to make sure that Hillary Clinton is never elected president in the United States.”
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