Vice President Mike Pences Birmingham visit canceled

Vice President Mike Pence\s Birmingham visit canceled
As hurricane pounds Georgia, Pence cancels trip to Atlanta
The trip to Atlanta and Birmingham includes an appearance in support of Republican Brian Kemps bid for Georgia governor.

The White House says Pence will visit the Delta Airlines TechOps facility in Atlanta on Thursday to meet with employees and deliver remarks.

Pence will then attend two political events, including a Georgia GOP fundraiser. Pence had been scheduled to come to Georgia last month but the event was cancelled because of Hurricane Florence.

Pence headlined a rally for Kemp in July ahead of the Republican primary runoff. Kemp faces Democrat Stacey Abrams in next months general election

Vice President Mike Pence canceled his Thursday visit to Georgia to host a high-dollar GOP fundraiser as Hurricane Michael roared through the state. 

It was the second time the Republican was forced to scrap a visit to Georgia to boost Brian Kemp’s run for governor due to a major storm. He canceled a September visit because Hurricane Florence was barreling toward the Southeast.

He was set to visit Delta’s TechOps maintenance facility before heading to the Grand Hyatt Buckhead for the Georgia GOP’s Victory Dinner. Democrats planned to greet him with a large rally outside the hotel featuring supporters of Democrat Stacey Abrams.

He was likely to face a cascade of criticism if he went through the trip, similar to the pushback President Donald Trump faced for traveling to a political rally for a Pennsylvania lawmaker shortly after the hurricane made landfall. 

Trump said the decision to go was a “quandary” but that he did not want to disappoint the crowd expecting him. 


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