Vice President Pence makes campaign stops in western Pa., counter-rally held

GREENSBURG — Vice President Mike Pence made two campaign stops in western Pennsylvania Thursday and his visit coincided with a counter-rally.

Pence stopped at a Cops for Trump event at the plaza lot next to Greensburg City Hall at noon, which drew a crowd of about 400 people.

He highlighted President Donald Trump’s support for all people working in law enforcement, talked about their value in the community and how they believe police should never be defunded.

Pence spoke for 25 minutes, sharing a message of unwavering support for those who serve behind the badge.

If you want to receive BREAKING NEWS ALERTS, please download our WPXI News App. You can also follow WPXI on Facebook and Twitter.

“The overwhelming majority of the American people know the men and women of law enforcement are the best people in this country. Law enforcement isn’t the problem, law enforcement is the solution,” Pence said.

“It’s just nice to have the opportunity to see mike pence in our hometown and nice to see him supporting the police officers.”

At campaign stops for Trumps re-election, Pence said defunding the police isn’t the answer.

“When Democrats call for defunding the police remember what’s at stake: law and order; safety, and the peace of mind you, your family and children have as every right to enjoy as citizens of greatest nation on earth,” Pence said.

This was one of two stops for Mike Pence in our area today. After Greensburg, he took his bus tour to Somerset County, where he was focusing on manufacturing jobs and job growth at Guy Chemical Company.

A Black Lives Matter event was held at the same time at a nearby park. The event started around 10 a.m. and about 100 people gathered peacefully talk about police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Organizers said they wanted to lift up Black lives and show that they matter.

After the Greensburg event, Pence traveled to a business in Somerset where he focused on job growth and job recovery.