ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico was on the map Thursday night in the presidential race. Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence held a rally here in Albuquerque.
Mike Pence spoke in front of a crowd of hundreds at the embassy suites. He focused on everything from jobs to immigration.
“We’re going to make sure this economy works for the citizens of America and for everyone here legally and we’re going to end illegal immigration once and for all,” said VP candidate Pence during his rally speech.
The Republican Vice Presidential candidate says Donald Trump “just gets it,” and bragged that Trump easily won Wednesday night’s debate.
He says hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans have given up on finding work and he can change that.
“We’re going to lower business taxes so companies here in New Mexico can keep jobs here in new Mexico instead of shipping them overseas,” said Pence.
Pence thanked New Mexicans for coming, even though he’s not the headliner on the ticket. The crowd loved him, one even cheered “Pence 2024.”
Pence also spoke to voters Wednesday in Durango.
Donald Trump himself has not been in New Mexico since May. It wasn’t quite the scene we saw back in May when trump was in Albuquerque, but protesters did show up Thursday night for the Pence visit.
About 60 people were there with signs. They started their protest in the hotel, then got kicked out. They were hanging signs over the edge of the railing where everyone in the hotel could see before moving outside.
“Seeing a presidential candidate saying, well, women are this and immigrants are this…it’s really contradicting to say that you’re making America great again when you’re pushing all this negative slur against everybody,” said Janelle Astorga, protestor.
They stayed outside of the hotel until Pence finished his speech.