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Vice President Mike Pence returns to Arizona for 2 campaign stops

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PHOENIX – Vice President Mike Pence campaigned in Arizona on Tuesday, making stops in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.

In Mesa, Pence visited with the Latter-day Saints for Trump Coalition, where he was joined by several Arizona political leaders.

Pence spoke on the announcement of Sen. Kamala Harris as the Democratic vice presidential candidate.

“I don’t know if you all heard the news, but on the way here I heard Joe Biden just named his running mate — California Senator Kamala Harris,” Pence said. “So let me take this opportunity to welcome her to the race.”

Pence also talked about reopening schools, coronavirus relief efforts and support for law enforcement.

“The choice in this election is whether America remains America, a country that’s grounded in our highest ideals of freedom, free markets and the inalienable right to life and liberty or whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country that is fundamentally transformed into something else,” Pence said.

The vice president started his state swing in Tucson at an event with the Arizona Police Association, which represents 47 agencies and recently endorsed President Donald Trump and Pence.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Sen. Martha McSally were among those who spoke before Pence in Tucson.

When Pence was about take the stage, a man started yelling an expletive directed at Pence and “Black Live Matter,” according to the pool report. The man was booed by the crowd and removed from the venue.

Pence was previously in the state July 1, meeting with Ducey in Phoenix to go over the state’s coronavirus battle plan.

He had planned to stop in Tucson then, but the visit was canceled after a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden led Trump 49%-45% in an Arizona poll of likely voters released Monday. But it was the third straight month the president has cut into the margin.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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