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 Vice President Mike Pence touts the economy, the president’s acquittal on impeachment charges and “four more years”  to a crowd of about 150 people for the Keep America Great rally at the Detroit Marriott, Troy, Feb. 25.

Vice President Mike Pence touts the economy, the president’s acquittal on impeachment charges and “four more years” to a crowd of about 150 people for the Keep America Great rally at the Detroit Marriott, Troy, Feb. 25.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes


Pence lauds Trump at rally in Troy, slams ‘radical leftist’ Democrats

Protesters call for better health care

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published February 26, 2020

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 Michigan Democrats wave signs at passing motorists on Big Beaver Road after an outdoor press conference held the morning of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Detroit Marriott, Troy, Feb. 25.

Michigan Democrats wave signs at passing motorists on Big Beaver Road after an outdoor press conference held the morning of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Detroit Marriott, Troy, Feb. 25.

Photo by Terry Oparka

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Vice President Mike Pence said President Donald Trump delivered on “all promises he made to Michigan” to about 150 people in a 32-minute speech at the Detroit Marriott, Troy, hotel Feb. 25. 

Pence took the podium at 5:15 p.m. to tout the economy, increases in military spending and the president’s acquittal on impeachment charges amid repeated chants of “four more years” and “build that wall.”  

Saying Trump rebuilt the military and restored “the arsenal of democracy,” Pence noted that the president signed the “largest military increase in the military budget since Ronald Reagan.” 

Pence sharply criticized Sen. Bernie Sanders for his criticism of Trump's order to kill  Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. “President Donald Trump took action. Soleimani is gone. Soleimani is not some government official, he’s a terrorist. That’s what leadership looks like.

“Four more years means more jobs, means more judges and means more support for troops,” Pence said. “For this president, it’s been about jobs, jobs, jobs.

“Today’s Democratic party is taken over by radical leftists. … When you look at the radical agenda, you see why they run down the president. They know they can’t defeat President Donald Trump.” 

He said he is proud to support the “most pro-life president in American history.” 

Pence praised law enforcement, saying the president “stands without apology for the men and women in law enforcement.” 

“I have faith in this president,” Pence said. “I have faith in the American people. You will choose freedom once again, one nation, under God. President Donald Trump is the real deal. Now it’s your turn to fight for him.” 

Members of the Democratic party assembled just after 11 a.m. Feb. 25 in front of Children’s Hospital of Michigan, on Big Beaver Road, down the street from the Detroit Marriott, Troy. They carried signs that read “Affordable Health Care for All,” “Don’t Let Trump/Pence Kill our Health Care,” and “Out Now, Refuse Facism.” 

“We’re standing here today in front of a Children’s Hospital because Mike Pence and Donald Trump have broken their promise to protect Michiganders’ health care,” Oakland County Democratic Party Chair Vaughn Derderian said from a lectern on the sidewalk as motorists drove past. 

Commerce Township resident Karen Adams talked about receiving a cancer diagnosis after her husband, who carried the family medical insurance, was given early retirement, and how the Affordable Care Act allowed her to have her treatment covered by health insurance. 

“It was a long treatment, with three surgeries and follow-up care,” she said, noting that she was concerned about the possibility that coverage of pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps would stop. 

Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman said Pence should “tell Mr. Trump to stop trying to hijack our democracy and do something about getting better pricing on drugs, for our seniors, for people on fixed incomes. No one should have to choose between food and the drugs they need to be well. Tell Mr. Trump that Michigan residents want real solutions to real problems, not fake news about fake solutions.” 

Mickey Cook, 51, of Clarkston, wore a T-shirt to the rally that said “Let’s Make America Great Again.” He said it is the first political rally he has ever attended. “It’s great in Michigan. We’re going to do it again,” he said in reference to reelecting Trump as president. 

The Troy Police Department closed Big Beaver Road in both directions between 3:30 and 4 p.m. and between 5:30 and 6 p.m. for Pence’s visit. 

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman told C & G Newspapers that there were no traffic issues with the road closure or the vice president's visit. 

“We planned ahead and worked with the Secret Service developing pretty extensive strategies to deal with anything that came up,” she said. She noted that the Troy Traffic Safety, Directed Patrol and Road Patrol units were in full force for Pence’s visit. 

“We always anticipate problems,”Lehman said. “There were no major issues with traffic. We got the word out pretty well.”

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