VP Mike Pence visits Wichita to stump for Kris Kobach

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Thursday, October 17, 2018 - 10 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence left the Air Capital after making his stop at McConnell Air Force Base to speak in support of Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach.

The stop for the fundraiser in Wichita was Pence's third of the day.

A common topic at Thursday's fundraiser was taxes, specifically cutting them.

"We cut taxes for working families. We cut taxes for businesses across Kansas and we cut out the heart of Obamacare. The individual mandate is gone. It's off the books," Pence said.

Pence also discussed immigration and a push to secure borders.

"We will defend our borders. We will defend the sovereignty of the United States of America," he said. "We ill secure those borders with new majorities in Congress. We will close the loopholes in our immigration system and we will fix that broken system once and for all."

Pence told the crowd gathered at the fundraiser that they need to vote. He pushed them to vote Republican, but closed with encouraging those who pray to do so for all Americans.

"Pray for all the people of America that this would be one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all," Pence said.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 7:35 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Wichita. Pence was greeted by Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach.

Gov. Jeff Colyer, Rep. Ron Estes and other Kansas government officials were on-hand to welcome the vice president's arrival.

Pence will speak at a fundraiser for Kobach at Air Capital Flight Line Building on South Oliver. The two will then host a policy roundtable discussion followed by a dinner and reception.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Wichita Thursday, October 18 to stump for Kansas governor candidate Kris Kobach.

The event will be held at the Air Capital Flight Line Building 16K, 4147 South Oliver. The dinner is set for 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $150 per person with a table for eight $1,000. A 10,000 donation provides one ticket to a policy round-table with Pence and Kobach.

While all of the details surrounding the vice president's visit have not been disclosed, we're learning it will be more like a fundraising event - similar to the one headlined by Donald Trump, Jr.

President Donald Trump, Sr. held a rally in support of the Republican gubernatorial candidate in last Saturday in Topeka.

"Kobach is clearly someone that Trump and the Trump Administration would like to help," said Dr. Neal Allen with Wichita State University's Political Science department.

Allen says he's surprised to see the administration devoting time and resources to a governors race in particular.

"Presidents often think that senate races and house races are more important because that impacts them more day to day," said Allen.

He says their effort to support Kobach shows they consider the Kansas race for governor a top priority heading into the midterm election. Allen says Pence's visit could give Kobach the boost he needs to widen the gap between his opponents.

"There are a lot of Kansans who would like to vote Republican but Kris Kobach is a bridge too far for them. Mike Pence is a good way to reach those voters or at least try," said Allen.

Kobach is one of five candidates running for Kansas' highest office.

Democrat Laura Kelly, Libertarian Jeff Caldwell and independents Greg Orman and Rick Kloos, along with Kobach, all appeared in the KWCH-12 studio Tuesday night for a gubernatorial forum. WATCH COVERAGE HERE

Kansans will choose who will be the next governor of Kansas in the general election on Nov. 6.