Ahead of crucial vice presidential debate, Gov. Pence rallies supporters in key state of Virginia

Ashland, VA – One day before the most critical debate of his political career, Gov. Mike Pence stood in front of a new Trump-Pence campaign bus to preview his attacks.

“This party is coming together, this movement is coming together,” Pence said. “Virginia is coming together and we’re going to make Donald Trump the next president of the United States of America.”

Speaking at COX Transportation Services, about 30 minutes outside of Richmond, Pence quickly went after Hillary Clinton while defending his running-mate Donald Trump’s policies and persona.

“The other party has nominated someone with a stale agenda and the most predictable of names,” Pence said.

Pence has spent considerable time preparing for Tuesday’s debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, including practice debates with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has played the role of Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running-mate.

“Little bit of a debate with your governor – former governor and Sen. Tim Kaine,” Pence said. “And I’ll tell you, while we’re going to be talking about the visions and the choice the American people face at the top of the ticket, I kind of hope we get to talk about our records as well because they’re just a little bit different.

“I mean when Tim Kaine was governor, he actually tried to raise taxes by $4 billion in four years. In the state of Indiana, I’ve signed more than $3.5 billion in tax relief,” Pence said.

Kaine didn’t hold any public events Monday.

The debate begins at 9 p.m. and will last 90 minutes.