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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

 7:28 PM 

State GOP leaders prep crowd for Pence in Waukesha

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner opened the Pence event in Waukesha by praising him for his right-to-life stance, especially when he served in Congress from 2001 to 2013.

Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, noted Pence was "an integral part of passing the partial birth abortion ban bill" and called him a family man, Christian and conservative.

State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald got the crowd to chant "Trump, Trump, Trump, Pence, Pence," likening the chant to the sound of a train.

"This is what the Trump train sounds like when it's coming down the tracks," said Fitzgerald, who then mentioned Hillary Clinton, prompting the crowd to chant, "Lock her up, lock her up."

Fitzgerald said almost nothing about Pence except to call him a "wonderful governor, who as we know as Midwesterners, is a different type of governor."

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he's "not going to do the Trump train chant,” but added, "I'm definitely on the Trump train." The Rochester Republican said Wisconsin has been the epicenter of conservative politics, and he implored the crowd to "make sure we have candidates for president and vice president who are going to shake up Washington."

Vos praised Pence for eliminating Common Core in Indiana and embracing school choice.

"Hillary Clinton can never occupy the White House," he said.
  -- By Kay Nolan


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