Pence bashes Obamacare, Planned Parenthood and 'rigged' elections during rally in Mason

Posted at 8:00 PM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 19:38:37-04

MASON, Ohio -- "Do not relent until Ohio leads the way to make Donald Trump the next president of United States."

That was Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's message to Trump supporters at Monday's campaign rally at Manor House Banquet and Conference Center in Mason.

Topics of focus during Pence's speech: Planned Parenthood, Obamacare and "rigged" elections.

Pence's stance to de-fund Planned Parenthood hasn't faltered. Trump, however, was on record in the past as a supporter of abortion rights; the republican nominee's stance on the issue has been inconsistent throughout his current presidential campaign.

Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati dragged its heels to endorse Trump and Pence this election cycle, which was very atypical for the Republican-loyal group.

At Monday's rally, Pence said as president, Trump will defund Planned Parenthood and end late-term abortions.

He also targeted the Affordable Care Act, saying "We are going to repeal Obamacare lock stock and barrel."

Outcry from Trump and his supporters accusing Clinton and the media of "rigging" elections weren't lost at Monday's event -- Pence asked Trump supporters to take it upon themselves to monitor polls and "prevent voter fraud."

Pence mentioned a CNN poll released Monday which shows Trump leading Clinton 48 to 44 percent in Ohio.

"Even CNN says we are leading in Ohio," Pence said, after saying "the national media is doing half of Hillary Clinton's work for her."

Pence was very complimentary of U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Cincinnati) for his work against Planned Parenthood and Hillary Clinton. He also told attendees to "re-elect Rob Portman to the U.S. Senate." Portman recently said he planned to write-in Pence for president and that he would not vote for Trump.

Pence's appearance comes after a busy week for Ohio voters with Trump appearing Thursday evening at Cincinnati's U.S Bank Arena and former President Bill Clinton campaigning Friday at Washington Park.