Pence headlines 'Conservative Rally' in Smithfield

Posted October 28, 2016

— Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence headlined a big biennial rally featuring North Carolina's top elected GOP leaders.

Thousands usually attend "The Conservative Rally" featuring barbecue, music and political one-liners and calls to action. This year's edition began late Friday afternoon at a tobacco warehouse in Smithfield, with Gov. Pat McCrory, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, members of Congress and candidates for other statewide offices speaking before Pence.

Pence already was in North Carolina earlier this week, holding rallies in Salisbury and Greensboro.


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  • Aiden Audric Oct 28, 2:04 p.m.
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    If the argument was whether or not Trump has deplorable supporters, it's been settled: he does. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, posts racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments on social media, then it's a racist duck.

    At that point, calling a sophomoric comment 'sophomoric' is like saying 'that water is wet'.

  • Pete Muller Oct 28, 1:02 p.m.
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    Mr. Gravel. Are you already calling it a weekend? You are the first Trump supporter daring to mention the word intellectual debate. That is novel but has nothing to do with what the Trump campaign is producing. Just watch some reruns of a recent debate and you will see again that Trump's displayed intellect is is similar to what a 12 year old produces. I have the inkling that Pence can hardly wait for the day his VP nightmare is declared to be over. Depending on what conspiracy horse the groper will chose to ride, it could be the night of Nov 9th.

  • Rod Runner Oct 28, 12:54 p.m.
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    So are you saying that there are no deplorable racists, homophobes, or misogynists supporting Donald Trump?

    You don't have far to go to find message boards full of Trump supporters that are all of these things, openly and proudly.

    You can even go to a Trump rally and see and hear people that are openly these things.

    Did you know that people usually only take offense to being called something when it's true?

    If someone called me any of those things, I can laugh it off and ignore them, because I am know of those things, not even close. But say that to someone that is one of those things, and they get terribly offended.

    I thought they hated PC, yet if you call them a racist, they get really offended. Why is that? If they want to call someone the N-word, or call every brown person they see from south of the border a Mexican, even though they are not, then why can't they take being called a name? PC goes both ways.

  • Chris Cole Oct 28, 12:05 p.m.
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    Tories and Liberals are on opposite sides of the spectrum.

  • Barney Gravel Oct 28, 11:08 a.m.
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    Well we have won this argument, as the only thing the left has left, is to make sophomoric comments. If you cannot win the intellectual debate of ideas, then call your opponents: racists, homophobes, misogynists and deplorable. The only people who believe this narrative anymore are mentally bankrupt. Americans = Conservative; Liberals = Tories.

    I wish I could attend today it would be quite edifying. Godspeed an on to victory 11-8-16.

  • Aiden Audric Oct 28, 11:05 a.m.
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    Check comments his supporters post on social media. You'll see that what I jokingly said wasn't bashing so much as it was pointing out a truth.

    If you want to see an example of bashing, check what comes out of Trump's twitter feed.

  • Marvin Sanderford Oct 28, 10:45 a.m.
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    Brilliant, did you think of that all by yourself? Why must people feel the need to bash others people?