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Mike Pence Stumps for Stauber at Fundraiser; Supporters, Opponents Flock to Park Point

Taylor Holt
Updated: August 08, 2018 07:10 PM

Right off the airport runway, Vice President Mike Pence's first stop was to a private fundraiser hosted in Park Point Wednesday afternoon. 

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There was a large security and police presence staged outside the private fundraiser at 2400 Minnesota Avenue.

Pence's visit was an exciting moment for people like Don Lemmerman, who lives on Minnesota Avenue, just a few blocks down from where the fundraiser was held.

"It's a big deal for Park Point. Park Pointers love the idea that he is coming down here. It puts the focus on us a little bit," said Don Lemmerman.

Several blocks of the avenue were completely cleared of cars but bystanders had their cameras and phones out to snap pictures as the Vice President's motorcade pulled up.

Lemmerman says the amount of security didn't bother him.

"In some ways that is as much fun to see as Pence himself, is simply the preparation and what they do to secure the area," said Lemmerman.

However, others thought differently.

"I've seen vice presidents and presidents and the only thing I thought about is, 'are these my tax dollars at work? all this security?," said Patricia Griggs, another Park Point resident.

The Pete Stauber for Congress fundraiser was closed to media and the public.

Law enforcement on scene told Eyewitness News about 75 people were expected. For those people, it was $1,000 per person to attend and $2,700 for a picture with Pence. 

Outside there was some traffic delays. One side of the street remained blocked for the duration of the event making for some upset people.

This tweet from a visitor said they got stuck on Park Point on the last day of their vacation due to Pence's stop.

Traffic opened back up after the event which Pence was at for about 40 minutes.

There were a few protestors who declined to go on camera but had signs expressing their opposition to Pence's visit, outside the event as well.

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Taylor Holt

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