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Tamar Hallerman

Mike Pence fires up Cobb County crowd with wide-ranging speech

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Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks at the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks at the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence revved up a crowd of several hundred doting fans in Cobb County Monday evening with a wide-ranging speech that hit on many policy issues popular with conservatives.

The Indiana governor framed the election as a stark choice between his running mate, Donald Trump, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on blue chip issues such as guns, foreign policy, jobs and filling the Supreme Court vacancy during his 30-minute address.

“I truly do believe this is a choice between someone who’s determined to continue the failed policies that have weakened America abroad and will stifle our nation’s economy and someone who’s willing to plant his feet in the ground, turn around and lead the American people back up the heights,” Pence told an enthusiastic, standing room-only crowd at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Pence said Trump “just gets it” and that the New Yorker “understands the frustrations and the aspirations of the American people like no leader in my party since Ronald Reagan.”

“He’s a genuine article. Distinctly American,” Pence said.

Pence was introduced by two of Trump’s most prominent Georgia backers in Washington, U.S. Sen. David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell. Former presidential candidate and WSB talk show host Herman Cain also took the stage earlier in the evening, giving a short speech that slammed the press for worsening race relations in America and reporting that Georgia could turn blue this year. (Note: WSB and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution share the same parent company.)

Cain also lauded Pence for his positive messaging.

“America is tired of being told this is as good as it gets. We know it can be better than what it is right now,” said Cain, paraphrasing the Hoosier.

Pence’s appearance in Cobb was the second of three public events scheduled in Georgia over two days, a Peach State swing meant to convey that the Trump campaign does not take the state for granted. The former congressmen also attended a fundraiser in Atlanta before the rally.

A pair of Georgia Democrats was also on hand earlier in the evening in an attempt to frame Pence and Trump as radicals who would be a danger to women’s health, minorities and young people.