Republicans, Democrats weigh in on Pence's upcoming visit to Hibbing

Emily Ness
Updated: October 25, 2020 10:29 PM

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to campaign in Hibbing Monday, as Republicans look to turn the state of Minnesota red for the first time since 1972. Ahead of his visit, both Republicans and Democrats showed support for their respective parties Sunday.


DFL leaders gathered outside the Duluth Labor Temple to show their support for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

"There's one candidate running for president of the United States who will always shoot it straight with the American people, who will always tell the truth, and that's Joe Biden,” DFL Party Chair Ken Martin said.

Meanwhile, GOP leaders voiced their support for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence over the phone.

"President Trump is full of optimism and plans for prosperity, and I know our best days are yet to come,” Congressman Pete Stauber said.

One of the big issues both parties addressed Sunday was mining.

United Steelworkers Local 1938 President John Arbogast spoke at the DFL’s event, saying he feels Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will better support miners.

“Republicans like to walk around and make signs and say: 'We support mining.’ But, what they don't do is they don't support the miners—the men and women that work in the mines,” Arbogast said.

In contrast, United Steelworkers Local 1938 member, Cal Warwas told GOP leaders he was disappointed with the Obama-Biden Administration’s performance in the past.

"The USW wants us to give Joe Biden a second chance, and I say no way,” Warwas said.

Eveleth Mayor Bob Vlaisavljevich also spoke to GOP leaders—emphasizing mining's significance to the region.

"Without mining, we have no future, we have no schools, we have no government services, hospitals,” Vlaisavljevich said.

Additionally, Vlaisavlievich expressed his appreciation for Vice President Pence making the trip to the Range.

"It's like Christmas come early. It's going to do great things, turn this area red, maybe Minnesota red,” Vlaisavlievich said.

But, the DFL voiced concerns about Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Hibbing after one of Pence’s top aides tested positive for COVID-19.

"I think it’s highly dangerous and reckless for Mike Pence to come to Minnesota after his Chief of Staff has just tested positive and potentially have another super spreader event where they campaign irresponsibly and in a reckless manner," Martin said “If you're willing to risk people's lives just to campaign, how can you be trusted with the keys to the White House?” 

WDIO reached out to the White House about Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Hibbing Monday and are waiting to hear back.


Emily Ness

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