Mike Pence at Saint Anselm NHIOP

At St. Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence said leading Democratic candidates for President are openly advocating socialism.

GOFFSTOWN — Vice President Mike Pence came to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Thursday to thank New Hampshire’s voters and make a stark proclamation: Americans can choose continuing prosperity with four more years of President Trump or begin what could be the end of America as we know it.

Pence arrived at St. Anselm College’s NHIOP fresh on the heels of a trip to the New Hampshire State House, where he submitted paperwork on behalf of Trump’s candidacy in the 2020 New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.

Pence warned that without the support of New Hampshire, the eventual Democratic nominee would cut military spending, inhibit economic growth, raise taxes and rob average Americans of their rights.

“I think what’s most remarkable is that leading candidates in the Democratic Party for President of the United States openly advocate an economic system that has impoverished millions and robbed the liberties of generations over the last century. That system is socialism,” he said. “It was freedom, not socialism, that gave us the most powerful and prosperous country in the world.”

Pence went on to share his belief that the moment America becomes a socialist country is the moment that America ceases to be America.

While he did not mention any Democrats by name during the event, he contrasted economic growth during the tenures of Trump and President Obama, and asked the audience to call on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to take action on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Pence also listed a parade of accomplishments during the first three years of the Trump administration.

In regard to national security, he noted increases in military spending and efforts against the Islamic State. On economics, he cited significant tax cuts and cutting eight federal regulations for every one added. With the ongoing opioid crisis, he thanked New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu for his work in reducing opioid-related deaths over the past three years.

Pence’s speech was the latest edition of Politics & Eggs, co-hosted by NHIOP and the New England Council. The next is scheduled for Tuesday; it features U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson.

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