Pence at Penn Waste: 'This movement is ready'

David Weissman

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence told hundreds of local Donald Trump supporters Thursday afternoon that they are part of "a movement" that will result with Republican Donald Trump in the White House.

Pence, who was the first major party vice presidential nominee to visit York County since Joe Biden in 2012, stopped at the Penn Waste recycling center in Manchester Township.

Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence,  speaks during a campaign stop at Penn Waste in Manchester Township Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Amanda J. Cain photo

Pence spoke to the crowd about issues including stopping illegal immigration, protecting the Second Amendment, rebuilding the manufacturing industry and maintaining coal as a viable source of energy in America.

Trump's vice presidential candidate made those supporters wait longer than expected because of weather conditions delaying his flight into Harrisburg, but they didn't seem to mind.

Pence thanked those who showed up to see "a B-list Republican."

"I know I'm not the main attraction," he said.

Pence was without his partner on the Republican ticket, but state GOP vice chairwoman Joyce Haas referred to state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, as "our Donald Trump."

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Wagner, the owner of Penn Waste, talked about the success of his company and said the government did nothing to help it achieve those successes.

"(The government) is choking businesses across this country with so many rules and regulations," he said.

Wagner, who has bought about 15,000 Trump yard signs to give to York County residents, said he's supporting the Republican nominee "250 percent."

Also there to show his support was U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Dillsburg, who harped on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's lack of accountability.

Perry said Clinton taking responsibility during the most recent debate for her email scandal wasn't enough.

"She just doesn't get it," he said, to loud applause.

Perry concluded: "The media is going to be against you. The establishment is going to be against you. ... I'm a proud deplorable. This is your country. This is our country."

Manchester Township resident George Kohr, who said he lives near the Penn Waste facility, said he believes Trump and Pence will "turn this country around."

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"The government spends too much money," he said. "We send too much money overseas, then they use to it to make guns and turn around and shoot our troops."

Kohr said there are too many politicians — Republican and Democrat — in Washington, D.C., "feeling comfortable."

"They forget who they're serving," he said. "Now, the people are speaking out."

Pence promised he and Trump would bring the change the American people want.

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