Pence says Trump will be ‘best friend’ to businesses

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In a recent speech at a Blain’s Farm & Fleet distribution center in Janesville, Vice President Mike Pence promised the Trump administration will grow the economy “faster than ever before,” calling the president “the best friend Wisconsin businesses will ever have.”

Pence spoke following a listening session with local business leaders and farmers.


The former Indiana governor said he and Trump “both know the sacrifices” business owners need to make, recalling when he was 14 years old and worked as an attendant at the gas station chain his father ran.

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“When small business is strong, America is strong, and we’re going to fight every day for small business,” Pence said.

Pence said Trump already is getting results, highlighting Ford Motor Co.’s decision to scrap a plant in Mexico and instead expand in Michigan. Trump signing off on the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines will add thousands of jobs, Pence said, and companies around the country are announcing “they’re keeping jobs and creating new ones.”

He pointed out Harley-Davidson Inc. officials visited the White House and that Trump wants to help grow companies like Harley and Farm & Fleet that are the “engines of our economy.”

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Pence dismissed the protesters and activists at Congressional town halls opposing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

“The American people know Obamacare has failed and Obamacare must go,” Pence said.

In response to Pence’s visit, Rep. Debra Kolste (D-Janesville) criticized the GOP for taking swipes at the Affordable Care Act “without a viable alternative,” as well as misleading constituents into thinking Obamacare is “in a death spiral.”

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