Pence takes time from campaign trail, returns to Indy for event at ALEC

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Off the campaign trail briefly and back home in Indiana, Governor Mike Pence Friday made his first public appearance back in the Hoosier state since accepting the VP nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Friday began for Pence, by taking part in the annual Governor’s ride for ABATE, a motorcycle rally to raise money for the Indiana National Guard.

Pence returned to Indiana from a busy couple of weeks on the campaign trail with his running mate, Donald Trump.

Friday was the first public appearance back in Indiana since accepting the VP nomination more than a week ago in Cleveland.

Pence was welcomed with open arms at ALEC, a conservative conference, critics say locks lobbyists and lawmakers together in closed-door meetings to craft controversial legislation.

Pence was the featured speaker at the ALEC luncheon. He was not officially making a campaign stop at the conference, but certainly took the opportunity to berate the biggest night of the DNC and his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.

“Last night there was another speed on television, I stayed up pretty late watching it, but what we heard was more of the same. At least what I heard was a commitment to more taxes, more regulation, more government,” he said.

Finally, Pence was welcomed with applause and fanfare by his own cabinet, welcoming him back to the Governor’s office for a de-briefing and some state work before hitting the campaign trail once again.

Friday night, Pence headed to the battleground state of Ohio where he had a speaking event. But according to campaign officials, visits to Indiana will remain routine for the Pence. He is still serving as Governor, so officials say you can expect him to be back in Indy often, if not daily, through the rest of the summer.