The Latest: Pence says Trump is distinctly American

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence’s campaign event in Raleigh, North Carolina (all times local):

10:55 a.m.

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is telling a North Carolina crowd that Donald Trump’s politically incorrect style shows he’s the genuine article and distinctly American.

The Indiana governor spoke to about 300 people Thursday morning in a Raleigh auditorium, saying Trump’s straight talk reflects his ability to get things done.

Pence criticized President Barack Obama’s recent comments that Trump lacks the judgment to be president. Instead, Pence said actions of Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton reflect their poor judgment and set up a vacuum of power in Iraq that led to the rise of the Islamic State.

This is Pence’s second visit in as many weeks to North Carolina, where a Trump victory is likely needed to win the White House in November.


3:20 a.m.

Republican nominee for vice president Mike Pence is campaigning again in North Carolina, a battleground state running mate Donald Trump probably needs in his column to win the White House this November.

The Indiana governor planned to participate in a “town hall” meeting Thursday morning in downtown Raleigh before heading to campaign events in Norfolk, Virginia, later in the day.

Pence visited the first time as a candidate last week in Winston-Salem during a joint appearance with Trump. Now, he’ll be on his own promoting a Trump presidency and attempting to link President Barack Obama’s policies to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, held a rally Wednesday in Greensboro.

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