BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - Vice President Mike Pence was on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Monday lending his name and voice in support of Tate Reeves. Pence hosted a campaign rally in Biloxi for the Republican gubernatorial candidate.
The two-hour event featured speakers like Governor Phil Bryant, Representative Steven Palazzo, Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker, as well as Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Tate Reeves, who introduced the vice president to the crowd. WLOX streamed the speeches live on Facebook. You can watch a replay below:
“Mississippi has an opportunity before the polls close on November 5th,” Pence told the crowd. "If you want to keep Mississippi’s economy going strong, vote for Tate Reeves for Governor. If you want to stop sanctuary cities and protect our southern border and defend the second amendment of the constitution, vote for Tate Reeves for Governor. If you want to defend the unborn and stand for the right to life, vote for Tate Reeves for Governor. "
The vice president made a point to tie a Republican win in Mississippi’s gubernatorial election to a show of support for the Trump Administration.
“If you want to send a message to Washington D.C. that enough is enough, and that Mississippi is tired of their endless investigations and partisan impeachment. If you want to send a message to the do-nothing Democrats in Mississippi and America, support President Donald Trump. Vote to make Tate Reeves the next governor of Mississippi.”
Before heading to the campaign rally, Pence made a surprise stop at a longtime Gulfport eatery, The Palace Grill. The vice president, Reeves, and other GOP candidates shook hands and talked with voters having lunch.
“We had a surprise visit from Vice President Pence, Tate Reeves, several other Republican dignitaries in our state running," said server Kathy Nesbitt. "This is the first time something like this has happened in our restaurant. We’re a well-kept secret in Gulfport, but a lot of judges and attorneys and law enforcement... everybody comes to eat lunch.”
Reeves is the second-term lieutenant governor. Tuesday, he faces Democrat Jim Hood, who is the fourth-term attorney general. Two other candidates are running low-budget campaigns. The winner will succeed Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who is limited to two terms.
Last week, President Donald Trump held a rally in the north Mississippi city of Tupelo. His son, Donald Trump Jr., also campaigned with Reeves at two events in Mississippi.
The president has also endorsed Reeves for governor.