Mike Pence woos Georgia Republicans wary of Donald Trump

Mike Pence campaigns in Dalton, Aug. 30. (Matt Hamilton / The Daily Citizen via AP)

Mike Pence campaigns in Dalton, Aug. 30. (Matt Hamilton / The Daily Citizen via AP)

DALTON — On March 1, Donald Trump won 39 percent in Georgia’s GOP primary. Six months later, he sits at 43 percent among all Georgians, as measured by the Real Clear Politics average of polls.

The difference between a strong plurality in a five-man field and a slight deficit against one widely disliked woman is likely found in the mediocre enthusiasm for Trump among Georgia Republicans. The AJC’s statewide poll in August found Hillary Clinton up by 86 points among Democrats, while Trump led by just 77 points among Republicans. That should have set off alarm bells in Trump Tower.

And maybe it did.

Dalton was the third stop in Georgia this week for Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Like the other stops, Perry (Houston County) and Marietta (Cobb), Whitfield County is a GOP stronghold that wasn’t in the top half of Georgia counties for Trump support in March.

Given a few minutes with Pence afterward, I asked what he’s hearing from Georgia Republicans, and what he’s doing, as someone long held in high esteem by conservatives, to bring more of them (OK, “us”) into the fold.

“I think it’s coming together,” he said. “I think Donald Trump over the last several weeks has been articulating with greater specificity an agenda to get the economy moving again, an agenda to rebuild our military and confront radical Islamic terrorism, an agenda to bring law and order to the streets of our cities, and also an agenda that sees the American Dream as the birthright of every American, regardless of race or creed or color. …”

Pence referred to Trump’s highly anticipated speech on immigration, which was scheduled to begin after my deadline Wednesday, as well “upcoming speeches on a broad range of issues from health care to education.” He also said he personally found “the outreach to minority communities over the few weeks … deeply inspiring.”

“I think (all this) is really giving many people who are not yet with us, who would otherwise be prepared to vote for a Republican nominated for the presidency, confidence to come our way,” he continued. “And I sense it: with everyday people in Georgia, but also as I interact with elected officials in the state and around the country.”

I also asked which one issue he would pick as a reason for reluctant Republicans to come around — and told him he couldn’t pick Supreme Court appointments or simply keeping Hillary out of the White House, two reasons we’ve heard for some time now. After reiterating the importance of the Supreme Court, here’s what he said:

“Beyond that, I would just tell you that the message that I have to Republicans is this isn’t a choice between a candidate who will grow America a little bit and one who will grow America a lot. This is a choice between recognizing that the leadership of Barack Obama, which Hillary Clinton wants to continue, has weakened America’s place in the world and stifled America’s economy. And what Donald Trump is offering is that we stop that downward trend, and that we turn around, and that we take America back up in the direction of greater freedom, less taxes, less regulation, a strong military, (being) the arsenal of democracy, willing to stand with our allies and confront those who threaten our freedom.

“It is really a contrast between the failed leadership of the last 7.5 years, and a distinctly American, broad-shouldered leadership at home and abroad, that I think this election is largely about. And with that contrast, I just believe that people that are not there yet, independents and Democrats, and the undecided, are gonna see that contrast, and we’re gonna have a good day in November.”

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SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Well now the pootter, Putin, snubs him and our long time ally in the Phillippines current president calls him a son of a w...e. Maybe, Obama, should just come back home and resign since he has no respect among world leaders. Good or bad,.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@SGTGrit Respect from people people like Putin and the guy from Philippines is what you demand for the President of the USA? No wonder you support Trump, a guy without any principles, who finds Putin and Kim Jong-un  to be leaders he can get along with.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Trump has pulled into a statistical tie with Clinton and some polls now have him ahead. He needs to be humble and on message. Go after the evangelical vote and conservative catholic vote. Keep appealing to Black and Hispanic voters and attack Hillary Clinton's untrustworthy perception among the electorate.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit "Keep appealing to Black and Hispanic voters"  Fat chance. He lost his chance with Hispanic voters at the start of his campaign. Black voters love the Clintons. 

xxxzzz
xxxzzz

@Starik @SGTGrit That is to defeat the HRC claim that he is racist and help him get more moderate voters that are disgusted with HRC.  Also makes it harder for Dems to get huge minority turnout if they can't paint him as an evil threat.

lvg
lvg

@Starik @SGTGrit Yeah all that swaying and singing in a black church will get them dark folks to vote for him in droves. Your right. Cons know more about the black psyche  than Dems.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@IReportYouWhine 

Commitment and humble...great speech. Trump, keep reaching out to the Christian believers of all colors.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

"Eric Trump questions Clintons’ enormous wealth: ‘What product were they selling?’

New headline: DDR Questions Eric Trump's Selective Service Registration: Where's Your Card Eric?" 

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Hillary's "I don't recall" to so many FBI questions should bring into serious question Director Comey's objectivity as well as Loretta Lynch's objectivity in failing to indict Clinton. These are FBI and DOJ professionals who should know that albeit a legal response, the "I don't recall" dodge to sensitive questioning brings up red flags. Particularly, her answers to significant event questions like when she obtained her security clearance or did she receive proper training in handling classified information. She dodged those questions because by answering those two questions she would have left herself open to probing questions about her admonishments when she received her clearance and probing questions about the scope of her training. A special investigative council should be convened. This individual is unfit for command as this nations chief executive.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@SGTGrit - How many times did Ronald Reagan say, "I don't recall" during the Iran-Contra trials? I seem to "recall" more than a dozen......

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@DebbieDoRight @SGTGrit 

Past versus the present. No argument there, but you haven't argued Hillary's case effectively and that's the present day concern.

xxxzzz
xxxzzz

@SGTGrit I don't recall is the lie that is very hard to prove.  Its what her lawyers told her to answer.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

What office is Our President Reagan running for?

Your whine is irrelevant.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Sorry, IRS, I forgot what taxes are. Get out of jail free card.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

One who adopts Hillary's approach to criminal investigations.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

If you have some kind of point to make, go ahead and give it a try.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Lil_Barry_Bailout 

When they have no relevant point to make it's always, "so and so said what". That inane cute response originated on the neighboring blog by the lefties.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

It could at least make a little bit of sense. DDR just doesn't know how to deploy it correctly.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

So Hillary, can't recall when she received her security clearance. Hillary, can't recall if she had any training on the handling of classified information. Hillary, couldn't recall, couldn't recall and couldn't recall several times to questions asked of her by the FBI investigators. Director, Comey, recommended that Hillary Clinton, should not be indicted because she couldn't recall. 


Attorneys preparing clients for deposition council their clients to simply answer " I don't recall" to questions that could potentially incriminate them. That's attorney to client council 101 that most everyone is aware of even those of us who're nonlegal professionals. 


Trump, and company should have a field day with those documents released today by the FBI.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@SGTGrit So, her defense was either- I am too physically impaired or too dumb to have had intent. Paraphrasing Johnnie Cochran, with no intent you can't commit.  


Maybe these impairments explain why, to date, she has not been able to verbalize any accomplishments.  It also makes her comment that "I am the most qualified person to become President" ring hollow.  Can she remember her qualifications?

MarkVV
MarkVV

@SGTGrit There were tens of thousands of e-mails, and how many are claimed to have contained classified information? A little over one hundred. Are you such a genius, that you remember every single action in your life that you performed thousands of times?

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@RafeHollister @SGTGrit 

This could/should bring into question her mental qualifications to competently function as president of the United States. If in fact her response to questions during the investigation were not obvious legal deflection from answering truthfully, then there very well could be mental reasons for her inability to recall. Maybe at her advanced age she's moving into her dotage. That could explain her reluctance to hold press conferences. I think the Democrat leadership might know something they don't want to become a public concern. 

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@MarkVV @SGTGrit 

Nothing to do with genius....everything to do with willful obfuscation or mental incompetence. Clinton, certainly should have been able to remember when she obtained her security clearance and if she was properly trained as head of the state department in the proper handling of classified information. Put down the bucket you're trying to carry too much water.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit @RafeHollister She has better mental qualifications than W had, and better than Trump.  I still don't like her, but will probably vote for her.

Starik
Starik

@Lil_Barry_Bailout If the Republicans had nominated somebody other than Trump or Cruz you might have a point. 

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

One has nothing to do with the other. Their are other choices, for those with just a smidgen of character and honor.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@MarkVV @SGTGrit 

You were responding to my original post where I argued that her " I don't recall" response to the FBI interview questions indicated that she was either evading truthfully answering questions or that she had failing memory issues. Both should disqualify her from serving as president. 

Your counter argument was poorly constructed because someone with a functioning memory should recall significant events in their lives. In Hillary's case she should have been able to recall when she received her security clearance. I can recall when I received mine. She should have been able to recall if she had received proper training in handling classified information. I can certainly recall when I did. If applicable can you remember when you graduated from high school, when you earned a degree? If applicable can you recall your career achievements?

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

She's a scumbag and no one with any self respect will vote for her.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@SGTGrit @MarkVV The silliness of your arguments is well documented by the following:


"Your counter argument was poorly constructed because someone with a functioning memory should recall significant events in their lives."


If you claim that for Secretary Clinton, age 69, after a long life and career, including First Lady, US
Senator and Secretary of State, should consider those “events” you mention as “significant events in her life,” your sense of reality is badly distorted, if not completely absent.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@SGTGrit @MarkVV Also, if you consider the receiving of your security clearance one of the “significant events” of your life, you must have led a very insignificant life. If you consider that your significant “career achievement,” what does that say about you other “career achievements?”

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@MarkVV @SGTGrit 

I noticed that you seemingly couldn't recall your own achievements as basic as the ones I set forth were. Evidently, you must be an underachiever in life. Clinton, would most certainly recall her service as secretary of state that would include the duty to protect the nations proprietary information as a significant event in her life. On a lesser scale I certainly recall my military service in the United States Marine Corps and everything associated with my service as a significant life event.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@SGTGrit @MarkVV Career achievement goals:

Boy A: I want to discover cure for cancer.
Boy B: I want to be an astronaut and fly to another planet.
SGTGrit: I want to get the security clearance.


MarkVV
MarkVV

@SGTGrit @MarkVV Clinton, would most certainly recall her service as secretary of state that would include the duty to protect the nations proprietary information as a significant event in her life.

The incomparable inanity of your arguments is clear right here. On one hand, you pretend that Hillary’s answers mean that she does not “recall her service as secretary of state.” And then you pretend that recalling her service as secretary of state equals recalling her receiving the security clearance. That plain stupid. Do you have any sense of proportion? How many OTHER things than receiving security clearance a Secretary of State deals with? Do you think that receiving the security clearance instructions is one of the major ones?

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Why would the impartial professionals at the FBI drop the embarrassing details of Hillary's dishonesty and incompetence on the Friday before a long weekend? I thought they were supposed to be above the fray. Turns out they're just another extension of the campaign.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Lil_Barry_Bailout The FBI appear to have joined the MSM in abandoning any attempt of trying to appear objective.  Shameful!  After reading some of this, it appears they abandoned any attempt to obtain the truth, just softball questions not intended to put any pressure on her.  No follow-ups were offered, and no challenges to her usual answer of "I don't recall". 


Anyone else would have been interrogated.  As a 35 year investigator, I can say this interview with her bore no resemblance to a confrontational interview, where obtaining the truth was the objective.  It was more like a Jorge Ramos partisan TV interview.



Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

And her interview was done right before the FBI recommended no charges--no time for checking her statements or following up with co-conspirators. Just a formality.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Lil_Barry_Bailout In other words the fix was in.  I apologize for previously posting that the FBI and Loretta Lynch were above politics and would not compromise their principals.  


Things have obviously changed/ "evolved" since the days when I interacted with the FBI.