‘Six more years’: VP Pence touts Graham at senator’s re-election launch in Myrtle Beach

Vice President Mike Pence made a special trip to Myrtle Beach Saturday morning to support U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham as he kicked off his re-election campaign.

The pair of big-name Republicans appeared before a crowd of roughly 500 supporters sporting “Make America Great Again” and “Trump” hats at the Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation, pledging to continue their efforts championing the military, growing the economy, lowering taxes and supporting President Donald Trump.

“In all of my lifetime, I don’t think there’s ever been an election where the stakes were higher and choices clearer,” Pence said. “The truth of the matter is, we got a choice to make as a nation; if we’re going to continue on the path that this president has set us to a stronger, more prosperous America that your senator has supported every step of the way.”

Vice President Mike Pence speaks on behalf of South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham at the Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach. Pence was in town along with South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and Congressman Tom Rice to voice support for Senator Graham in his re-election bid. Josh Bell

Pence touted Graham for his dedicated service and constant support to the Trump Administration, encouraging supporters to vote both Graham and Trump in for another term to prevent Democrats from taking the country on a “hard left turn.”

“We need six more years of Senator Lindsey Graham,” Pence said.

Graham, who was first elected in 2002 and chairs the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, is seeking a fourth term.

Graham told the boisterous crowd chanting “U.S.A.” that he would be a good ally and partner to Trump if both are re-elected in 2020. Graham said he would improve roads, sewers, and water, replenish beaches and ensure I-73 is built.

“I’m going to keep this job and I think I’m better at it today than I’ve ever been. I don’t think I’ve had a stronger voice than I ever have in politics. ” Graham said. “President Trump loves this state and he listens to us and he cares about who we are.”

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham addresses supporters at the Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach. Graham was in town along with Vice President Mike Pence, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and Congressman Tom Rice to announce Graham’s intention to run for re-election. Josh Bell

Graham also promised to appoint more conservative judges to the U.S. Supreme Court and strengthen border security.

“We will build the wall, I promise you,” Graham said.

While Graham told supporters he would always remember his home roots in South Carolina, Jaime Harrison, the former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman who is currently exploring a run against Graham, believes Graham’s sole focus is maintaining his friendship with Trump instead of resolving the states most pressing issues.

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