SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Springfield Friday to rally support for Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, who is seeking reelection in the 13th congressional district.
The two appeared at the Panther Creek Country Club, where a fundraiser for Davis was held.
"The truth of the matter is in a short period of time, I respect your congressman so much I'd about be here if he was uncontested," Pence said. "I really would. He's just that quality of a leader. And he deserves two more years in in Washington D.C. Truth is, there is a choice facing the people of Illinois 13. It's not just a choice between your congressman and his opponent, but also it's a choice between two futures."
16th congressional district Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Davis is "a bridge maker."
"This is somebody that can really bridge divide. He works well with the other side of the isle," he said. "Gets along with everyone on our side of the isle and really is a key to being able to get bipartisan things done as well as fighting for what he believes and I think that's an ingredient that's far too abstinent in Washington D.C."
Davis is facing Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan of Springfield for the seat.
"Washington D.C. Republicans are so worried about losing Rodney Davis’ loyal vote that they’re pulling out all the stops to raise even more money from the large corporations and special interests that Davis gave a massive tax break to in Congress," said Londrigan campaign manager Emma Brown in a statement. "But no amount of money can fool Illinois voters. They know Rodney Davis voted to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, kick tens of thousands of Illinoisans off their health care, and that his tax scam blew a two trillion dollar hole in the deficit...that Republicans want to pay for by cutting Medicare and Social Security. No wonder he called in the reinforcements to help bail out his campaign."
One of the biggest takeaways from the day was the importance of voting. Davis stressed this, encouraging everyone to vote for the issues that matter to them individually.
"This choice couldn't be more clear. It really is a choice between congressman Rodney Davis and the party of results and his opponent, and the party of resistance," Pence said. "It's the choice between more prosperity and progress or more of the same failed policies of the past. Well, I'm here to tell you, I just know in my heart, here in central Illinois, you're going to Nov. 6."
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