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July 25, 2018 Page 7A REOorter O O By Richard Dumas forsyfh@mymc~net U.S. Vice President Mike Pence endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp on Saturday in front of a crowd of about 500 at the Macon Centre- plex. Pences show of support came less than a week after President Donald Trump tweeted out his endorse- ment of Kemp and just three days prior to Tues- day's rtmoffelection against Republican challenger Casey Cagle. Although Cagle outpolled Kemp in the May 22 primary, Kemp has overtaken Cagle in recent polls conducted by Atlanta's Fox 5 and 11Alive. When Pence took the stage immediately after Kemp, he asked the crowd for a round of applause for "the next first family in Georgia" while telling a flock of Trump enthusiasts that he brought personal greetings from the Presi- dent. Pence then laid out the reasons for the administra- tion's support for Kemp, citing Kemp's toughness on crime, his fight to protect the second amendment and his support for strong borders and preventing illegal immigration. Pence said to applause: "Brian Kemp will bring the type of leadership to the state house that Donald Trump has brought to the White House" Pence then touted his boss' record as President, noting Trumps administra- tion has increased defense spending and shown respect for the law enforce- ment community. Pence said of Trumps term in office: "It's been 18 months of actions, 18 months of results, 18 months of promises made and promises kept." In particular, Pence vowed to preserve U.S. Immigration and Cus- toms Enforcement (ICE), which has been under fire by Democrats in recent months. Pence said ICE has arrested about 127,000 per- sons with criminal convic- tions in the past year alone, including an estimated 5,000 gang members, while rescuing approximately 1,000 children from exploi- Vice president Mike Pence, left, stumps with secretary of state Brian Kemp in Macon on Saturday. Kemp's late surge and President Trump's endorsement made Kemp the favorite in Tuesday's runoff. (Photo/Richard Dumas) tation, ployment rate in 20 years "We will never abolish and lowest American un- ICE" Pence exclaimed, employment rate of all time Pence also revved up for blacks and Hispanics. Trump supporters by Likening Trumps suc- referencing the proposed cess in office with what wall between the U.S. Kemp will do as Georgia and Mexico that Trump governor, Pence told the repeatedly has vowed to crowd that Kemp, who construct, nodded along as he stood "We've got a down pay- beside the stage, started his ment, and we're already first business with noth- starting to build that wall" ing more than a pickup Pence said, generating truck and a shovel. Pence crowd chants of "Build that told the adoring audience wall!!" that Kemp will always put Pence also touted Trumps families first and said the success at overhauling the overflow crowd was "a judicial system, saying tribute to the values and vi- Trump has set a new record sion" that Kemp possesses. for nominating the most "Brian Kemp is the real confirmed U.S. Court of deal" Pence proclaimed Appeals judges during a near the conclusion of his president's first 18 months half-hour speech, curiously in office. He also pointed borrowing current Georgia out Trumps stellar work Gov. Nathan Deal's cam- with the U.S. economy, paign slogan despite Deal's noting there have been 3.7 support for his longtime million new jobs created in lieutenant governor Cagle. the country under Trumps Prior to Kemp taking the watch while producing the stage, a number of well- lowest American unem- known Kemp supporters Continued from Front negligence. "It's a horrible tragedy, is what it is" Can- non told the Telegraph. "He didn't mean to do it. He wasn't trying to commit suicide" Cannon said investigators plan to look into where Hammonds got the pistol and to whom it belonged. "He'S 17 years old; he's not supposed to have a gun" he said. Hammonds was born in Macon to Tony Allen Hammonds and Heathedee Dillard. He had been a student at Mary Persons High School and the Monroe County Achievement Center. 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These included: conserva- tive blogger Erick Erickson, who served as Master of Ceremonies, Georgia Pub- lic Service commissioner Lauren "Bubba"McDon- ald, who also sang the Na- tional Anthem, Clay Tip- pins, who ran for governor but lost to Cagle and Kemp in the primary election, Georgia House speaker pro tem ]an ]ones, who said she wished she'd been in the room when Trump took to Twitter to endorse Kemp, and U.S. Rep. lady Hice, who said he's in Washington fighting with Trump to "make America great again." Rock Springs Church pastor Benny Tate gave the invocation for the event but didn't make a political endorsement. During his brief speech, Tippins, who has a home in ]uliette, alluded to his role in creating a divisive runoff election by secretly record- ing controversial state- ments made by Eagle about his support for passing a charter school bill in order to gain election dollars. "We shook some things up,' Tippins said. ' knd now we need to bring things together." Kemp then had his turn in the spotlight, telling his supporters that his top commitment is to put them first. He then touted Trump and Pences support for his campaign, noting it had been a good week with his late surge in the polls. In an effort to refute recent Cagle statements that Kemp would not be able to beat Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams in November's general election, Kemp said he's the right candidate to beat Abrams because he's a Trump conservative who will fight against liberals who are "outraged by faith, guns and big trucks" Saying elections are about trust, Kemp asked rhetori- cally: "Who do you trust to do the right thing even when no one's looking?" Kemp, who has served as Georgia Secretary of State for eight years, has been criticized by the Reporter for his failure to resolve the ongoing county line dispute between Bibb and Monroe counties. 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