Vice President Mike Pence will make multiple stops throughout the Keystone State on Thursday.
Pence’s bus tour in Pennsylvania will begin in Lancaster and end in Philadelphia, but will include multiple events throughout the day.
According to the AP, Republican National Committeeman Bob Asher said that Pence will participate in a fundraiser in Manheim. A release from President Donald Trump’s campaign announced that Pence will host a roundtable discussion in Chester County about the reopening of the economy. Lastly, Pence is slated to speak at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 in Philadelphia before they hold a “Back the Blue” rally.
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party said in a statement that Trump’s policies have failed Pennsylvanians, while also criticizing the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Mike Pence is coming back to Pennsylvania to spin Trump’s failed record, but Pennsylvanians know the truth: Donald Trump has broken his promises to our communities and left us behind,” said Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesman Andres Anzola. “Trump’s chaotic, erratic COVID-19 response has cost over 6,700 Pennsylvanians their lives and millions more their jobs.”
“Nothing Pence says can undo the damage caused by Trump’s failures,” Anzola continued. “Pennsylvania voters will hold them accountable in November and elect Joe Biden — an actual leader who cares about the people of our commonwealth.”
The Trump campaign touted the economic numbers prior to the coronavirus pandemic in their statement to PoliticsPA.
“Before this unprecedented pandemic, President Trump and Vice President Pence delivered a booming economy for Pennsylvania’s workers and businesses through pro-growth policies, tax cuts, and deregulation – and they are working to rebuild that inclusive economy once again,” said Trump campaign spokesperson Samantha Zager. “In the response to coronavirus, President Trump and the Vice President Pence-led Coronavirus Task Force have fought to give the Keystone State the resources and help it needs, providing billions in Paycheck Protection Program loans that saved nearly 1.5 million Pennsylvania jobs and ensuring the federal government provided aid and critical personal protective equipment.”
Pence’s most recent visit to the state was in mid-June when he met with community and faith leaders in western Pennsylvania for the “Great American Comeback Tour,” which is aimed at “promoting policies that will drive America’s economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In June, former Vice President Joe Biden made four different appearances in the state, which included boosting the Affordable Care Act in Lancaster on June 25, touting his plans for reopening the economy in response to the coronavirus pandemic in Delaware County on June 17 and West Philadelphia on June 11, plus delivering an address at Philadelphia City Hall on June 2, where he criticized President Donald Trump over the president’s response to the nationwide protests after the killing of George Floyd.
The most recent polling show a tight race between the former VP and Trump in the Keystone State, although Biden currently has a narrow edge.
The Real Clear Politics average shows Biden besting Trump by 6.5 points in Pennsylvania.
This story was updated with a comment from the Trump campaign.