Vice President Mike Pence is launching a “Faith in America” tour this week, appealing to Americans of faith ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
The tour kicked off with a Tuesday evening event in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, featuring Republican speakers including Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Catholics for Trump members Matt Schlapp and Fr. Frank Pavone, and Wisconsin Right to Life executive director Heather Weininger, President Donald Trump’s campaign told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“Faith in America” seeks to highlight the important role that Americans of faith play throughout the country, particularly as the nation reopens following the coronavirus pandemic. The tour will emphasize how the vital roles churches play in their communities and in the lives of many Americans, according to the campaign.
The president has focused significant attention on both his evangelical and Catholic supporters. Several current and former senior administration officials have been Catholics, including former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Attorney General William Barr, and White House counsel Pat Cipollone.
Trump support for the pro-life movement and targeting the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, also aids the president’s outreach to his Christian base, many of whom are against abortion for religious reasons.
Pence has drawn criticism from the Left for his strong religious convictions, particularly on gay marriage and on abortion. During the Tulsa Oklahoma rally over the weekend, the vice president emphasized the importance of faith and religious freedom for every American.
“Every day between now and November 3rd, go out and defend the freedom that’s always made this nation great,” Pence said.
“And while you’re doing it, have faith,” the vice president added. “Faith that in these challenging times that if his people who are called by his name will humble themselves and pray, he’ll do like he’s always done through the long and storied history of this land. He’ll hear from Heaven, he’ll heal this land – this one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. So pray for America, for all the American people.”