Mike Pence Returns to Capitol Hill to Huddle with Republicans
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the GOP vice presidential nominee, will meet with House Republicans Tuesday morning during the weekly conference meeting.
“Mike has added tremendous value to Donald Trump’s campaign and House Republicans are excited to learn more about their plans to succeed in November and get our nation back on track,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement welcoming Pence to Capitol Hill.
Pence served in the House for more than a decade before running for governor of Indiana. He remains close with many of the conservative members of the lower chamber.
Since joining Trump’s ticket, Pence has served as an intermediary between the controversial nominee and the Republican establishment, helping to mend frayed relationships after the GOP presidential primary season.
“In many ways he’s sort of the anti-Trump, he has a strong record as a strong conservative,” Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., told ABC News at the time of Pence’s selection.
In his role as Trump’s running mate, Pence has taken positions at odds with his record on Capitol Hill.
The one-time free trade supporter who called for expanding the North American Free Trade Agreement is now backing a presidential candidate who has relentlessly hammered the deal.
The Indiana Republican will also be meeting with Senate Republicans and holding a fundraiser for the Trump campaign at the Capitol Hill Club.
Trump held a similar summit with Hill Republicans in early July, but many members left skeptical after hearing Trump’s promises to campaign in deep-blue states and comments about his popularity among minority groups.
“I heard nothing new,” Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., who is not planning to support Trump, said after the meeting.
For the sake of party unity just weeks away from Election Day, the Trump campaign is likely hoping for a different result.
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