Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Tuesday hammered Hillary Clinton on Obamacare and predicted Election Day results two weeks from now will stun the political chattering class.
GOP nominee Donald Trump has trailed Clinton in most polls this month, but Pence said on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that he feels an energy and enthusiasm that pollsters miss. He pointed to last year’s gubernatorial race in Kentucky, where Republican Matt Bevin defied the polls and won the election.
“I think there’s gonna be a whole lot of people, you know, sitting on the cable TV shows scratching their heads come election night.”
“I think it’s gonna go our way,” he said. “I think there’s gonna be a whole lot of people, you know, sitting on the cable TV shows scratching their heads come election night.”
Pence offered an anecdote. He said he and his wife pulled into the Circleville Pumpkin Show in Iowa on Saturday. Although there was no scheduled campaign event, he said, the jubilant reaction of the crowd compelled him to get out of the campaign van and start shaking hands.
“We’re getting so many thumbs up and cheers from the crowd,” he said.
Pence seized on Monday’s confirmation by the Obama administration that Affordable Care Act premiums will increase by average of 25 percent across 39 states. He reacted to a clip that LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham played, in which Clinton bragged that it was called “Hillarycare” before it was called Obamacare.
“I’m writing it down right now, because with the Clintons, sometimes truth happens,” he said. “She just looks at Obamacare as a good start.”
Pence recalled participating in the debate in Congress over the Affordable Care Act.
“I was in the fight on the floor,” said Pence, who served in the House of Representatives before being elected to his current job as Indiana governor. “The focus was to lower the cost of health insurance. And liberals in the Congress drove it toward universal health care — without regard to the impact on the cost. And so now what you’ve seen is what everybody predicted … It’s one more reason why we need to elect Donald Trump.”
The people realize it, Pence said.
“There’s something going on in the country,” he said. “The American people know we desperately need change, and they know we need new leadership to bring that change about.”
Pence put out a call to elect Republicans to the House and Senate and urged Republicans of all stripes to unite behind the choice of GOP primary voters.
“It’s time for Republicans to come home and elect the Trump-Pence team to the White House,” he said. “There’s so much at stake in this election.”