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Pence touts jobs, economy during tour of Lakeville sign manufacturer

Updated: October 10, 2019 09:18 PM

During a visit to Minnesota on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence touted the success of the economy while touring a local, family-owned work zone and highway safety sign manufacturer.

The stop at Safety Signs in Lakeville kicked off Thursday's campaign events in the Twin Cities metro, which included a campaign rally President Donald Trump held at Target Center.

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Pence toured the workshop and met employees who make the materials by hand. The Vice President was especially fond of several specialty signs made up for the occasion that welcomed him to Minnesota. On one sign, in big black letters on construction cone orange, were the words "Victory Drive."

"We'll take it," Pence said while posing for pictures with the staff.

Pence addressed employees and other invited guests, talking about the Trump Administration's efforts to improve the economy and cut taxes.

"Wages are rising all across America in the last two years and they're rising most rapidly for hardworking blue collar Americans," Pence said. "The forgotten men and women of America are forgotten no more. The economy is working, working for working people."

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Pence also spent time talking about trade.

"I don't have to tell all of you that trade means jobs here in Minnesota," he said.

Pence talked about two recently signed trade deals with Japan and South Korea before calling on Congress to take action on the administration's biggest trade proposal, the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement.

"While you're at it, give Congresswoman Angie Craig a call and tell her you want the USMCA voted on the floor of the House, and you want it voted this year," Pence said.

Craig, who represents Minnesota's Second Congressional District, released the following statement Thursday:

"I'd like to welcome the Vice President to the Second District today. I hope that he and the President will spend time with small business owners and family farmers who have been negatively affected by tariffs and small refinery waivers. Across our district, hardworking Minnesotans are seeing their way of life slipping away. Its time to end the trade war and work to open new markets to trade. I stand ready to work with the administration to lower the price of healthcare and prescription drugs and to work together to build a transportation and infrastructure plan for the 21st Century."

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