Pence to promote GOP candidates in Iowa, Kentucky and Nebraska

Pence to promote GOP candidates in Iowa, Kentucky and Nebraska
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Vice President Pence will travel to Iowa, Nebraska and Kentucky this week to promote the Trump administration’s policies and campaign for Republican candidates, his office announced Monday.

Pence will travel Tuesday to Council Bluffs, Iowa, to speak at an America First Policies event. He will tout the Republican tax-cut bill passed late last year in a district represented by Rep. David YoungDavid Edmund YoungIowa Republican ousted in 2018 says he will run to reclaim House seat The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Anxiety grows in first tax season under Trump law MORE (R).

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE won the district by 3.5 points in 2016, and several Democrats have entered the race to challenge Young in November’s midterm, including a former campaign aide for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHere are the potential candidates still eyeing 2020 bids Sanders unveils education plan that would ban for-profit charter schools Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off MORE (I-Vt.), according to The Des Moines Register.


Pence will travel later Tuesday to Omaha, Neb., to take part in a campaign event for Gov. Pete Ricketts (R). Ricketts is up for reelection in 2018 and is facing a challenge from state Sen. Bob Krist, who left the Republican Party to mount an independent challenge.

Omaha is also home to Rep. Don Bacon (R), who is looking to hold his seat in a rematch of the 2016 campaign against former Rep. Brad AshfordJohn (Brad) Bradley AshfordWhite men now the minority in pool of House Democratic candidates: analysis Pelosi sees defections from an unusual quarter — the left Ex-Dem lawmaker: Russians hacked my email in 2016 MORE (D). Trump won the district by 2 points in 2016.

On Wednesday, Pence will travel to Versailles, Ky., to speak at another event focused on the Republican tax-cut bill. 

Rep. Andy BarrGarland (Andy) Hale BarrOn The Money: House chairman issues subpoenas for Trump's tax returns | Trump touts trade talks as China, US fail to reach deal | Five things to know about Trump's trade war with China | GOP offers support for Trump on tariffs GOP offers support for Trump on China tariffs Five things to know about Trump's trade war with China MORE (R) represents Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District, which includes Versailles. He won reelection by 23 points in 2016, but several Democrats are vying for the chance to challenge him in November.

Pence has acknowledged Republicans face a difficult slate in this year's midterm elections. The party in power typically loses seats in a midterm year, but Pence has vowed to defy the trend.