Pence makes stop near Eau Claire to campaign for Walker

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Wednesday offered a chance for area and state Republicans to come together and rally support for their common cause.

"This is an exciting time in the state of Wisconsin and sometimes I think we've done so well, we forget what things were like in the past," Gov. Scott Walker said, during his remarks to GOP donors at Precision Pipeline, LLC.

That excitement for Walker included having Vice President Mike Pence stump for his re-election campaign – one, which has him now in a statistical dead heat with Democrat Tony Evers.

"First and foremost, I said some people backstage 'You know, I'd be here if he was unopposed because I know this man," Pence quipped. "You know, I heard once that there's two kinds of people in public life. There's people that are driven and there's people that are called ... and I thank God the governor Scott Walker called to public service and answered that call."

The address at Precision Pipeline ended a busy trek across the state for Pence, beginning in Green Bay on Wednesday, flying across to the Eau Claire, and back in Washington, D.C. late that same night.

The fundraiser’s location was a pipeline contracting company, which provides pipeline construction services for the gas and oil industry. This offered a chance for Pence and the other collected Republicans, including U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir and incumbent 7th District congressman Sean Duffy, a chance to boast about the current condition of the state and national economy.

"Reduce regulation. Reduce rules ... and what happens? The economy explodes!" Duffy exalted in his enthusiastic remarks.

Wednesday's stop for the vice president came on the same day the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its third-worst point decline of all time, closing down more than 831 points – more than 3 percent of its value.

Walker's recent moves, including bringing tech giant Foxconn into Wisconsin, gave a chance to offer the two-term GOP governor an economic salute from the nation’s second-in-command.

"I mean, I don't know about the rest of you, but when you look at a record of results putting taxpayers first, putting our values first, fighting every day for working families and bringing jobs and moving Wisconsin forward, I think we need four more years of Governor Scott Walker," Pence said.

Those were words, however, which were not met well with area Democrats, who gathered ahead of the vice president's visit to say why Evers was their choice.

"While it's true unemployment is down, it’s equally true that wages are not rising. They are not rising,” State Rep. Dana Wachs from Eau Claire said Wednesday. “We need to have meaningful employment in this state and that's something Tony is going to do."


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Gov. Scott Walker is looking to Vice President Mike Pence to give him a boost ahead of the November election.

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In a room mainly designed to contain heavy machinery, fine food and drinks awaited politicians and donors at Precision Pipeline, LLC on Wednesday.

The fundraiser north of Eau Claire was to generate financial and moral support for the state’s main Republican Party races - governor and U.S. Senate.

It was also a chance for Mike Pence to stump in the Chippewa Valley for the first time since being elected the nation’s Vice President. He was expected to be joined by Gov. Scott Walker and State Sen. Leah Vukmir.

Wednesday’s event came on the same day the latest Marquette University Law School poll showed Walker moving into a 1-point lead over his Democrat rival Tony Evers. The poll also showed Vukmir still trailing incumbent Democrat Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

We’ll have more on Wednesday’s event throughout the night on WEAU 13 News online and on air.