Mike Pence in Somerset

Vice President Mike Pence speaks Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Somerset.

SOMERSET – Vice President Mike Pence spoke about the economy, COVID-19 pandemic and law enforcement during two stops in western Pennsylvania on Thursday.

He first participated in a “Cops for Trump” event in Greensburg.

“Some of the leading politicians in the Democratic Party today liken law enforcement officers to 'storm troopers,' ” Pence said in Greensburg. “I mean, even Joe Biden said not long ago that well-armed police 'become the enemy' when confronting lawlessness in our streets.

"Well I want to assure you, your president knows, this vice-president knows, and the overwhelming majority of the American people know, that the men and women of law enforcement are the best people in this country. Law enforcement isn't the problem, law enforcement is the solution. That's why President Trump and our entire administration back the blue.”

Pence then visited Guy Chemical in Somerset, speaking in front of about 200 people during a “Great American Comeback Tour” rally, hosted by America First Policies.

The gathering included a forum in which U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-Blair County, 13th Congressional District, participated.

“It is so important that our vice president is here in southwestern Pennsylvania,” Joyce said during an interview. “Guy Chemical is truly one of the great small businesses that we know are so important for Pennsylvania. Small businesses are the backbone of America. And, truly, in southwestern Pennsylvania, they're the heart of our community.”

Check back soon with The Tribune-Democrat for more details about the Somerset event.

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5056. Follow him on Twitter @Dave_Sutor.

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