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Tamar Hallerman

Georgia Democrats frame Mike Pence as politically dangerous at Cobb County rally

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Nikema Williams, left, and state Rep. Stacey Evans, right, on the sidelines of Mike Pence's Cobb County rally on Aug. 29, 2016. GREG BLUESTEIN/AJC

Georgia Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman Nikema Williams, left, and state Rep. Stacey Evans, right, on the sidelines of Mike Pence’s Cobb County rally on Aug. 29, 2016. GREG BLUESTEIN/AJC

Shortly before Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence hit the stage in Cobb County after a jam-packed day in Georgia, two Democratic lawmakers slammed the Indiana governor as a foe to women, minorities and young people crushed with student debt.

State Rep. Stacey Evans and Nikema Williams, vice chair of the Georgia Democratic Party, were on hand at the Cobb Galleria Centre before Donald Trump’s running mate took the stage before a few hundred supporters. The two said Pence’s record on a variety of domestic issues, including women’s health, student debt and access to education, made him unfit for office.

“The Trump-Pence ticket has a very clear message to women in Georgia: your health care and your lives will not be a priority in their administration,” said Williams.

The Planned Parenthood official highlighted legislation Pence co-sponsored while in Congress that would block taxpayer funding for abortion with few exceptions and a bill he signed into law earlier this year in Indiana — that was later blocked by a federal judge — that would have required women to pay for funerary services for fetuses.

Evans, who said she relied on loans as the first in her family to attend college, slammed Pence’s record on education and student debt.

“Thinking about Pence knocking students out of a shot at higher education and a better life makes me sick,” she said. “In Mike Pence’s America roadblocks to opportunity are expanded even beyond education.”