CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDTN) – Vice President Mike Pence delivered a wide-ranging speech in Cincinnati Tuesday touching on tax policy but also capitalizing on the opportunity to hit democratic candidates running for office this fall. A supportive Cincinnati crowd greeted Pence with a rousing ovation as he said, “President Donald Trump and I love Ohio!”
The Vice President’s speech was ostensibly to push the White House’s tax policies, claiming the typical family of 4 will save $2500 once the reforms take effect. Pence said, “We enacted the largest tax cuts and tax reform in American history. That’s promises made and promises kept.”
But early and often Pence took aim at democratic candidates for office, underscoring Ohio’s role in impacting the balance of power in Washington. “Everything I just recited to you, everything we’ve done to get this economy moving again, we’ve done despite the constant opposition of Chuck Schumer and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.”
Brown fired back in a statement, saying: “I presented the President with two bills that would have cut taxes for families and businesses that keep jobs in America. Instead, Mitch McConnell and the White House chose to work with special interest lobbyists to pass handouts to millionaires and corporations that ship jobs overseas.”
Vice President Pence also touted the recently-signed defense spending bill and what it means to Ohio, saying that among other things $1.5 billion in military tank upgrades will be made here in Ohio.