Vice President Mike Pence to appear at Blain Supply

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Neil Johnson
Thursday, March 2, 2017

JANESVILLE—Vice President Mike Pence will discuss President Donald Trump's economic agenda, including the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, when he visits Janesville on Friday, according to a release from Pence's office.

Pence will appear at Blain Supply, 3507 E. Racine St., on Friday morning for “listening sessions with Wisconsin business leaders and their employees,” a plant tour and a noon speech, according to the release.

The site is the distribution and corporate headquarters for Blain Supply, which operates Blain's Farm & Fleet.

Pence will be joined by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price, according to the release from Pence's office.

They plan to meet with a group of local farmers and business owners at company headquarters prior to a tour of the site and before Pence's address.

The company said Pence will speak to about 350 people, including Blain Supply employees and others in the community who received invitations.

Pence's appearance is not open to the general public, his press office said.

Jane Blain-Gilbertson, owner and CEO of Blain Supply, said in a prepared statement that she agreed to host the event because it would give local people who represent "multiple generations of local farm-owned businesses" a chance to speak to the vice president about issues that matter to them.

Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesman Brandon Weathersby said instead of talking about replacing the federal health care law that he said was "getting more popular by the day," Pence and Ryan should instead be focused on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his communications with the Russian government.

The visit marks the first time that Pence has come to Wisconsin since taking office in January. Trump carried the state in the November election, becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

The Wisconsin Progressive Alliance announced on Facebook that it was helping coordinate a protest against Pence and Ryan. The protest is expected to take place across the street from the Blain Supply facility.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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