Vice President Pence holds “Defend the Majority” rally in Augusta

Vice President Mike Pence joined Senator David Perdue for “Defend the Majority” rally in Augusta, Thursday, Dec. 10. (photo by Rakiyah Lenon) 

By Rakiyah Lenon

Vice President Mike Pence flew into Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 10, to campaign for the incumbent Georgia Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.  

He was accompanied by Sen. Perdue, who faces Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in a runoff election on Jan. 5, 2021. 

Sen. Loeffler was not present as she attended the funeral of one of her campaign staffers who died in a vehicular accident last week. Loeffler faces Raphael Warnock in her runoff.

 Air Force 2 arrived with the Vice President on board. (photo by Rakiyah Lenon)

Vice President Pence delivered a speech and addressed a roaring crowd. 

“My fellow Americans, it’s great to be back in the Peach State”, he said. 

As the race for the control of the Senate is underway, Vice President Pence encouraged Georgians to vote for the two Republicans.

“We need the Peach State to defend the majority … We need to hold the line, Georgia … We need Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue back in Washington, D.C.,” he said. 

Pence predicted the Republicans will hold their narrow advantage in the U.S. Senate.

“We’re going to keep Georgia,” he added. 

Speaking on President Donald Trump’s behalf, “We will never stop to fight making America great again,” Pence said.  

He acknowledged doubts about the Presidential election, but told the crowd to still vote. 

“Stay in the fight for integrity in our elections,” he said. 

Vice President Pence urged the crowd to vote, and gave direction for early voting in Augusta this upcoming Monday.

“You can go to the Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St., right here in Augusta, 8:30 to 5,” he said. 

Vice President Pence spoke about the President’s administration. (photo by Rakiyah Lenon) 

Sen. Perdue gave remarks at the event before introducing the Vice President. 

“The eyes of America are on us right now,” he said. “With your help, we’re going to win Georgia and save America.”

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue, a first cousin to Sen. Perdue, spoke at the rally as well. He joked about their relationship as cousins, and vouched his support for the candidates. 

“We need to hold the line and vote for these two senators,” he said. 

Rally goers chanted stop “stop the steal”, “hold the line” and “four more years” during the event. (photo by Rakiyah Lenon) 

Congressman Rick Allen also made an appearance and echoed the call of support for the incumbent senators.

“We are lucky that Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue put their names up to fight for Georgia values,” he said. 

Congressman RIck Allen greeted supporters after speaking during Thursday’s rally. (photo by Rakiyah Lenon) 

 

 

Contact Rakiyah Lenon at rlenon@augusta.edu.