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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

 7:22 PM 

Crowd preps for Pence speech

At 6 p.m., an hour before a Mike Pence rally was to begin at the Waukesha County Expo Center, barely 100 supporters had trickled in.

They stood quietly around the stage, as music blared, including the Rolling Stones' “You Can't Always Get What You Want."

Those interviewed said Trump had not been their first choice for president, but that they were now ready to support him.

Jim and Debbie Gorichanaz, of Greenfield, said they both had voted for Ted Cruz in Wisconsin's GOP primary this spring.

"We're here to see what Mike Pence has to say,” said Jim Gorichanaz, who works in sales. "I will vote for Trump because we have to stop Hillary Clinton, period."

Debbie Gorichanaz said she remains a big Scott Walker fan and also likes Paul Ryan and has noticed Ryan "speaks very highly of Pence." She said she is most put off by Clinton's "email scandals."

Asked if she was troubled by Walker's own email allegations, she replied, "No, because that was not a real email scandal."

Susan Ziegler, a Waukesha small-business owner, said she's alarmed at the trend of U.S. manufacturers moving jobs overseas.

"We manufacture wheels for the construction, over-the-road, military and mining industry," said Ziegler of her business, Wheels Now Inc. "Manufacturing in the U.S. has gone down tremendously and support for us has gone down tremendously. All my suppliers have gone out of the U.S. to manufacture their products and the products are a little inferior."

Ziegler, who said she is a Republican but is keeping an open mind and paying attention to the Democratic National Convention, said she thinks Hillary Clinton owes support "to a generation that would like to be the first in history to have a woman as a president, but they're not looking at the issues or what's going on."

"We would like a business owner in there," she said of Trump.

Originally hoping for Gov. Scott Walker to be nominated for president, Ziegler said she and her husband took a step back to re-evaluate the remaining candidates.

Brad Wilkins, of Waukesha, says he's been a Trump supporter for 20, 30 years.

"We need somebody who can manage money," he said.

But Wilkins said he soured on Trump during the debates after witnessing what he called "childish comments" by the Republican nominee.

"You know, how ugly your wife is and 'little Rubio' and 'crooked Hillary,'" Wilkins said. "He didn't win the debates on substance, he won on rhetoric. We don't want to hear that."

Wilkins voted for Cruz in Wisconsin's primary, but said he believes all Republicans need to come together to support Trump -- even Cruz, whose wife Trump had criticized.

"Absolutely, he should have endorsed Trump,” Wilkins said. “They all made a promise."

-- By Kay Nolan



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