Vice President Mike Pence returns to Iowa in final days before election

    Vice President Mike Pence campaigns for Congressman David Young in Des Moines Friday, October 19. (Photo: Caroline Cummings)

    Vice President Mike Pence returned to Iowa Friday to rally support for Congressman David Young and other Republicans facing tough races this fall.

    On the brink of the November Midterms, Pence is in Iowa with a clear message: vote to keep Republicans in office. Congressman David Young in Iowa's Third Congressional District is neck-and-neck in the latest polls against Democrat Cindy Axne who is vying for his seat, with political forecasters calling that race a toss-up.

    Pence told a crowd of about 200 at a Young campaign event Friday that voting to keep Republicans in office is essential for the Trump administration to continue to pass its agenda. He also highlighted some of what the administration hails as its accomplishments: federal tax cuts, the new trade agreement USMCA and the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court despite a contentious hearing.

    "This election is a choice and this choice couldn’t be more clear," Pence said in his 24 minute speech. "It’s a choice between Young and his opponent but it’s a choice between two different futures: one future under a Republican majority in the United States House of Representatives and another where Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House again."

    This marks his third trip to Iowa this year, visiting Des Moines and Cedar Rapids this summer. During his Des Moines visit in August, Pence stressed a similar message, noting that Young's race in the Third District and the First District race between Republican incumbent Congressman Rod Blum and Democrat challenger Abby Finkenauer are key races that could shape who controls the U.S. House of Representatives---Democrats nationwide are hoping to flip that chamber blue.

    "There’s no question that Congressman Young’s district and that election may be one of the elections that may decide control of the Congress," Pence said in August.

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