Vice President Mike Pence In Arizona On Tax Policy Tour

By Jimmy Jenkins, Christina Estes, Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 2:44pm
Updated: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 7:36pm

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Phoenix Marriott at the Buttes on May 1, 2018.

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Phoenix area on a tax policy tour on Tuesday.

The "Tax Cuts to Put America First" series has been touring the U.S. since February, traveling to states including Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Georgia, North Dakota, North Carolina, Minnesota and Michigan.

Fifteen months of promises made and promises kept.

That’s how Pence described the Trump administration’s track record so far when he greeted supporters at the Phoenix Marriott at the Buttes in Tempe on Tuesday afternoon.

The vice president took the stage following a roundtable discussion featuring Congressman Andy Biggs and local small-business owners.

Pence touted last year’s tax overhaul, saying it was having a major impact on the economy nationwide.

“Including more than 45,000 workers that have got a pay raise or a bonus right here in Arizona. That’s real results,” Pence said.

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Vice President Mike Pence touts job growth in Tuesday's speech in Tempe.

Pence urged the crowd to remind their friends of the tax cuts the Republicans had given them and asked supporters to pray for the country.

Apache Junction residents John and Barbara Green are from Indiana. They’ve been following the vice president since he was their governor in the Hoosier State and said they hope someday he will be their president.

Barbara Green said she likes Pence because he takes a more reserved approach to politics than the president.

“He’s mild-mannered and he doesn’t have to tweet all the time either.” she said. “I do like Donald Trump, but his tweets are a little bit much. That’s why. And I think he balances him out, definitely.”

The Greens said they had both seen a small bump in their paychecks since the Republicans passed tax cuts last year.

The vice president asked the crowd to tell their friends and families about the positive economic changes that he said are sweeping the country.

Pence closed by urging supporters to pray for the country and to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

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