Former Vice President Mike Pence urged Georgians to vote — and pray — for Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, with his family and “everything they’ve been through” while speaking at a rally Tuesday in Cumming, Georgia, just days before Election Day.
Pence stood with Kemp, who former President Donald Trump sought to unseat earlier this year in the Republican primary, and praised the president “as one of the best conservative leaders in the United States.”
“I want to encourage you, if you want to bow your head and bend your knee for a while, the next six and a half days would be a good time to do it,” Pence said. “I want to encourage you to pray for this wonderful family. Pray for all that they have endured for you to make Georgia more prosperous and safe. ”
When Trump did everything in his power to see Kemp denied the Republican nomination for a second term, in political revenge after Kemp refused to admit his lies about the fraud voter in Georgia two years ago, Pence made a strong case for Kemp’s return. election.
Pence noted his support for Kemp during the hotly contested 2018 GOP primary, saying it was “for Brian Kemp before he got cold,” and praised the governor for promoting “the same ” in Georgia that the Trump administration has sought for the country.
Asked after his speech whether Kemp’s victory would provide a “blueprint” for other Republicans going forward, Pence didn’t bite, telling reporters that he was “focused on 2022” and that Kemp has “struck a deep chord with the people of this. state.”
When Pence was pressed on which candidates he would vote for, Pence — not named Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker — said he fully supports the state GOP.
“I support the whole ticket here in Georgia, but I’m here for Gov. Brian Kemp today,” Pence said. “We probably didn’t have a bigger partner for economic growth, law and order, or for our interests, when we were in the White House.
Pence also praised Kemp’s decision to reopen the economy during the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic in April 2020.
“Georgia was the first state in America to reopen, and Brian Kemp led the way,” Pence said to applause. But that decision was, at the time, panned even by Trump, who told reporters later that he did not approve of the move, saying it was coming “too soon” – and told Kemp as much.
In his speech, Kemp discussed his decision, saying that “Georgians are not going to sit in the basement, lose everything they got, because of the disease,” and argued that the This movement helped cultivate the current state of development.
Pence also defended Georgia’s new voting law, through 2021, which adds restrictions on ballots, making it harder to vote absentee, while also increasing the number of days for early voting. Turnout has, so far, been strong, beating some state records.
Kemp and Pence spoke out against Abrams in their speeches, describing him as too liberal for Georgia and criticizing his support for some of the justice reforms.
“Talk to your neighbors and friends across the back fence, your co-workers, email your family around the state, tweet if you have to,” Pence said. , as Kemp chuckled behind him. “Tell someone about Brian Kemp.”