INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Gov. Mike Pence returns to Indianapolis for a pair of events after spending time on the campaign trial this week.
The governor, who accepted Donald Trump’s invitation to serve as his running mate in the presidential race, has been traveling around the country for the Trump-Pence campaign. Pence’s travels this week included stops in Michigan and Wisconsin. He’s scheduled to appear in Lima, Ohio, for a rally Friday night.
Locally, Pence spoke at the annual motorcycle ride from American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) that benefits the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund. He delivered remarks from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument before leading the ride.
During his remarks Friday, Pence thanked everyone who was participating.
“Let me say as your governor and as your neighbor and commander-in-chief of the Indiana National Guard, thank you for supporting our troops when they’re abroad and when they’re at home,” Pence said.
“I have seen the nexus between those who have served in uniform and those who enjoy the highways and byways of Indiana on two wheels, so I wanted to thank the veterans who are with us today,” he said. “We have Gold Star families who are with us today. Thank you for your family, thank you for your loved one, we honor you, and we will always honor them.”
Pence also spoke about the police shooting in San Diego that killed one officer and injured another. He expressed his condolences and called for prayers for the officers’ families. Pence referenced a police shooting in Indianapolis that injured an Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer.
“Join me and thank all those who stand on the thin blue line of law enforcement and make sure they know we appreciate them and are grateful for them.”
The appearance is the first of two for the governor. He also spoke at the JW Marriott in front of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).