Vice President Mike Pence appeared in Omaha last night, the headliner of a fundraiser for Gov. Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Republicans.
Pence first stopped in Council Bluffs, Iowa, just across the Missouri River where he spoked to a crowd of about 500, where he defended President Donald Trump’s actions on NAFTA and trade, topics which have been criticized in Nebraska, especially from farm groups.
“Now, the president said earlier today, the United States has been taken advantage of for too long by too many counties when it comes to trade,” Pence told the crowd. “So, let me promise you, whether it be in re-negotiating NAFTA or protecting our steel and aluminum industries, President Trump is always going to put American workers, American companies, and American farmers first.”
Trump announced last week he would impose a 25% tariff on steel imports and a 10% tariff on aluminum imports.
Pence claimed a year of accomplishment for the administration, in which Trump repealed the Waters of the United States rule, a very unpopular EPA proposal among Nebraska agricultural groups, and approved the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
An enthusiastic crowd greeted Pence. Some in the crowd wore “Make America Great Again” hats. Outside, protestors gathered to criticize Pence and the administration. Some women dressed as characters in the television series “The Handmaid’s Tale” in protest of Pence’s opposition to abortion.
Pence came to the Omaha metropolitan area for two reasons. His stop in Council Bluffs was part of his tour sponsored by America First Policies to promote the federal income tax overhaul approved late last year by Congress.
“President Trump promised during the course of the campaign that we would cut taxes across the board for working families and job-creators large and small and just over two months ago, President Donald Trump signed the largest tax cuts and tax reform in American history and our economy has taken off every day since,” Pence said to applause from the crowd.
“We believe workers in Iowa and Nebraska can expect to see pay raises and we’re already on the way,” according to Pence.
The vice president’s stop in Omaha was a fundraiser, primarily for the re-election campaign of Gov. Pete Ricketts. Pence praised Ricketts for his business-like approach to state government.
O. Kay Henderson of Radio Iowa contributed to this article.