Vice President Mike Pence Speaks At Tulsa Rally For Kevin Stitt

Thursday, October 18th 2018, 7:15 am
By: Amy Slanchik

Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Tulsa Thursday afternoon to speak at a campaign rally for GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Stitt.

Pence landed at Tulsa International Airport before heading to the Mabee Center in the 7700 blocks of South Lewis.  Pence and Stitt waved to the crowd from the top of the airstair before descending to greet people.

Several local and state dignitaries were present at the airport.

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Oklahoma Republicans Jim Inhofe, James Lankford, and Makewayne Mullin were some of the speakers who warmed up the crowd before Pence took the stage at the Mabee Center. 

Tulsa Police say about 2,000 people showed up to see the Vice President, who says Stitt is the man for the job. The Vice President called Stitt an outside, principled conservative who can balance budgets and offer transparency. He also discussed touched upon many issues dear to the GOP faithful like religious freedom, gun owner rights, support for law enforcement and against abortion. 

"I mean truthfully I'd be here for Kevin Stitt if he was unopposed, he's just that good of a man," said Pence.

Pence praised President Donald Trump and compared him to Stitt.

"I mean I'm just telling you Oklahoma look at what's happening all across the country under President Donald Trump's leadership and you can get a good idea of what's going to happen when Kevin Stitt becomes governor of Oklahoma," said Pence.

That's a comparison Gina Wagner and her daughter Charlotte are excited about.

"He's interested in taking care of Oklahoma people. And he's gonna be like you know who, Trump," said Gina.

But across the street, Jenee Hensley of Muskogee and her daughter expressed their opposing views.

"We're very passionate about the democratic process and about changing some things in Oklahoma," said Hensley.

Stitt himself didn't have much to say at the rally speaking for less than two minutes but mentioned his visit with Pence on Air Force Two, before introducing the Vice President to the stage.

"We're gonna win this can you say it with me? Oklahoma's turnaround starts right here, right now," said Stitt.

Tulsa Police officers assisted the U.S. Secret Service during the vice president's stop in Tulsa. As a security precaution, Secret Service didn't release the route the vice president's motorcade will take through town. Tulsa International Airport didn't expect the arrival of Air Force Two to make a big impact on flights in and out of Tulsa other than when Pence's plane set down and then eventually takes off.