Pence readying for breakneck campaign blitz

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Vice President Mike Pence is racking up the travel miles.

After a quick day trip on Wednesday to Mar-a-Lago for meetings with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Pence will return to crisscrossing the country for political events aimed at staving off a Democratic wave in the 2018 midterm elections, according to his office.

He will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina on Friday to hold a campaign event with Rep. Mark Walker who, as chair of the conservative Republican Study Committee, holds a post Pence once occupied.

Next Wednesday, Pence will kick off a Midwest swing, visiting Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for an official event to tout tax cuts, a fundraiser for the pro-Trump group America First Action and a political event with Gov. Scott Walker, who could face a difficult fight for his third term. The next day, Pence will return to his native Indiana, again participating in an official tax event and a fundraiser for America First Action. He will, however, steer clear of endorsing a candidate in the state’s contested senate primary, according to a source familiar with the event.

That weekend, Pence will travel to California and hold a Los Angeles fundraiser on Monday, April 30, with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for Protect the House, the pair’s joint-fundraising committee.

McCarthy is in the midst of his own internal campaign for his conference’s leadership after Speaker Paul Ryan announced his retirement last week. A close relationship with Trump and Pence is viewed as a major asset in that fight.

Pence has made midterm campaigning a top priority this year, raising funds and appearing with Republican candidates across the country.

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