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Pence Rallies Republicans: ‘It’s Time to Come Home’

11-07-2016
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GREENVILLE, N.C. – With just hours left until Election Day, Mike Pence is on the campaign trail making his closing argument.

"I think we need to say to our fellow Republicans and conservatives here in Wisconsin, with one voice: It's time to come home," Pence told supporters. 

CBN News Reporter Jenna Browder recently spoke with Pence about everything from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump's attempts to stay on message. 

"Recently, we've seen Donald Trump at the podium almost coaching himself," Browder said. "What are your thoughts?" 

"I just think one of the most endearing things about Donald Trump, which will make him a great president, is what you see is what you get. People know exactly where Donald Trump stands and they know what he thinks," Pence replied.

"I think the day he becomes president of the U.S., people will find his candor refreshing and they'll find his broad shoulder leadership refreshing," he said.  

Pence on Hillary Clinton

"What do you make of Hillary Clinton's closing argument? She likes to say, "When they go low, we go high," Browder probed.

"Well, I've always been a little dubious of that assertion since I joined this campaign," Pence said. 

"As Donald Trump is talking about ideas, Hillary Clinton and her campaign seem to only be talking about insults," he charged. "It's a campaign of insults against my running mate and I think the American people really see through that."
 
"There's so much animosity on both sides, how do you see this playing out? Do you for see riots, protests come Election Day?" Browder asked.

"Oh no, the American people are expressing themselves with great enthusiasm and great energy in the electoral process and I believe that when we elect Donald Trump as president of the United States, we're going to begin to see (the) country come back together again," Pence predicted. 

There's no doubt the country is going to need prayer. Pence and his wife, Karen, both have some requests. 

"I'm always quick to remind people our families, his and mine, carry a unique burden in these campaigns so that's how I always ask for prayer, to remember our families who shoulder the burden every bit as much as the candidates do," Pence said.  

"People tell us all across the country they're praying for us, and I just tell them, 'We feel it,'" his wife, Karen, said. 

For the Trump/Pence ticket, North Carolina is one of many must-win battleground states. Those odds are going to depend on turnout -- not necessarily turnout from Trump supporters in North Carolina but a lack of turnout on the other side.

The African-American Vote

Currently, Clinton's support among black voters is shaky at best. African-Americans came out in historic levels for President Barack Obama, but so far, turnout in North Carolina is way down, about 16 percent lower.

The Tar Heel State has one of the largest African-American populations so a dip is problematic for Clinton. But Renee Boston-Hill, chairman of the Pitt County African American Caucus, says enthusiasm is higher than people think.

"I have worked the polls every single day since the election started," she said. "I try to spend at least a couple of hours out there.  I can say there has been a heavy presence of the African-American community in Pitt County getting out to vote."  

Meanwhile, the NAACP filed a lawsuit against the state for allegedly canceling the voter registration of mostly black voters. 

Boston-Hill says her group remains focused on getting out the vote.  

"Our efforts have always been to keep it moving and get people to the polls and get the vote out," she explained. 

Meanwhile, conservatives are also working hard to woo black voters. The Black Conservatives Fund has an ad campaign targeting black Millennials, hoping some former Bernie Sanders supporters will board the Trump train. 

It's all playing out as a key battle within a key battleground state that will determine who wins the presidency on election night

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