FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Vice President Mike Pence spoke to a crowded room following a panel at the Delta Hotels by Marriott in Fargo Tuesday. Pence made the trip to support Congressman Kevin Cramer, as he prepares to challenge Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for the U.S. Senate seat.
"In a word, it's been a year of promises made and promises kept,” Vice President Pence said to a crowded room that exploded in applause.
His plane touched down in Fargo just before noon—but Pence didn't make it to the hotel until about three hours later. When he did, though, it was a warm—loud—welcome from the crowd.
"If you're a veteran of the armed forces of the United States,” Pence said, “would you stand up and give us one more chance to say thank you for your service."
Many stood, showing veterans had a strong presence, supporting Pence in Fargo.
The event, “Tax Cuts to Put America First,” was held by America First Policies: a nonprofit reportedly started by Trump campaign aides to back the White House agenda.
The organization tells Valley News Live the event was not a campaign, but a policy event to talk about the tax reform bill—which Pence did.
"We just delivered to our troops the biggest pay raise in nearly 10 years,” Pence said. And they deserve every cent of it."
But there was also some campaigning as well.
"Truth is,” Pence said, “Heidi Heitkamp hasn't been putting North Dakota first, and I don't know about the rest of you, but I think the people of North Dakota deserve better."
This past December, Heitkamp explained why she believes the Republican tax reform bill would hurt North Dakotans.
Pence also included updates on some promises made by the country’s president.
"Last week, President Trump signed into law border wall funding for nearly 100 miles of border wall," Pence said.
Crowd members we spoke to were overall satisfied with the progress the VP spoke about.
"For the most part, I'm pretty much with him on everything, Valley City resident, John Ertelt said, “a couple things maybe not, but…"
Interestingly enough—Ertelt’s biggest gripe?
"I think we need to put greater emphasis on the border wall,” he said. “I don't think that is happening quite as fast as I anticipated."