Pence arrives in Macomb County, plans tour of aerospace parts plant

Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Macomb County Thursday as President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign looks to solidify support in a Michigan stronghold from the 2016 election.

Air Force Two landed at Selfridge National Guard Base at about 11:15 a.m.

Pence left the plane at about 11:30 a.m. and is expected to have lunch at a Mount Clemens restaurant before touring Chardam Gear Co., a Sterling Heights-based manufacturer of parts for the aerospace and defense industries.

Trump has been trailing Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden in Michigan polls throughout this year. He also never led Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in most Michigan 2016 polls before eeking out a 10,704-vote victory, the first time a Republican had won the state since 1988.

When the vice president arrived at Selfridge, Pence was greeted by Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James; Brigadier General Rolf Mammen, commander, 127th Air Wing Base Operations; and Richard Gordon, command chief master sergeant of Selfridge’s 127th Air Wing Base Operations.

Pence is expected to have lunch with James at the Engine House in Mount Clemens. The Farmington Hills businessman and military veteran is trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, after unsuccessfully trying to defeat U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, in 2018.

The visit comes four weeks after Trump came to Michigan to tour a Ford Motor Co. plant in Ypsilanti. Pence made stops in Lansing and Troy on Feb. 25.

cmauger@detroitnews.com

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