Smithfield, N.C. — Just about 24 hours after his campaign plane slid off a New York City runway, Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence showed renewed energy for the attack on Hillary Clinton.
In remarks to a GOP rally at the Central Marketing Tobacco Warehouse in Smithfield, Pence cited the renewed investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Clinton's emails as a sign the campaign is far from over.
"Let me tell you what North Carolina, this race is on," Pence told a cheering crowd.
As supporters chanted, "Lock her up," Pence listed the controversies that swirl around Clinton, including her handling of the attack in Benghazi.
"Anyone who did that should be disqualified from serving as commander in chief," he said.
North Carolina Republicans Sen. Richard Burr and Gov. Pat McCrory, locked in tight races of their own, joined Pence in Johnston County and took the opportunity to answer their own opponents.
"The last month and a half has been brutal on me," Burr said, citing attack ads that claim he has used his office to enrich himself.
Burr said it is the business accomplishments of his wife that is behind their financial gains, and he brought her on stage to show it.
"He told me I would never have to speak in public," she said.
McCrory used his speaking time to answer critics who say he locked away too much money in the state's rainy day fund.
"Ladies and gentlemen, it rained. It rained, and we need to use that money to help people get back on their feet," the governor said in reference to the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
Pence spoke last, and he asked Republicans to "come back home" then encouraged them to get out and vote.