Mike Pence coming to NC for two events, including one open to the public | News & Observer

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence is coming to North Carolina.

Pence will be the special guest at a “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event in Charlotte on Friday, April 20. The event at the Park Expo & Conference Center is open to the public. The event starts at 3:15 p.m. and doors open at 1:15 p.m. The event is free, but tickets are required.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-Charlotte, will participate in a panel discussion on tax reform during the event. They will be joined by Dan DiMicco, the former CEO of Nucor and Trump administration trade adviser, and Alfredo Ortiz, the CEO of the Jobs Creator Network.

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will also be at the event.

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Pence has appeared at several events on the “Tax Cuts to Put America First” tour, including in Minneapolis on March 29, North Dakota on March 28, Atlanta on March 23 and New Hampshire on March 22.

The tour is sponsored by the group America First Policies. “America First” was one of the themes of President Donald Trump’s winning 2016 campaign. The group is pushing for many of Trump’s objectives, including the repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, tax reform, securing the border, ending regulations, rebuilding infrastructure, better trade deals, choice in education and achieving energy dominance.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive when the doors open.

Pence has been hitting the road to stump for GOP House candidates as Republicans try to keep their majority.

The vice president will also headline a Greensboro fundraiser for Rep. Mark Walker on the same day. Walker, who is running for his third term in Congress, has quickly risen in prominence in the Republican ranks. The 48-year-old former Baptist minister chairs the Republican Study Committee, which has more than 150 members.

Walker said he formed a relationship with Pence during negotiations to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“We developed a pretty good relationship, so he said if there’s anytime I can come to Greensboro. I said absolutely. We worked out the dates. He’ll be there with us and we’re expecting a very nice large event,” Walker said.

The Greensboro event will be for ticket holders only and not open to the public.

Vice President Mike Pence, his wife and his mother were received with gifts, including a "Make St. Pat’s Day Great Again" hat, on arriving at Savannah’s City Hall Saturday morning. City of SavannahMichael Olinger

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Walker reported more than $370,000 cash on hand at the end of 2017. First-quarter fundraising numbers will be released next week.

Walker does not face a Republican challenger in the May 8 primary. Ryan Watts and Gerald Wong are running for the Democratic nomination in the 6th District, which includes part of Guilford County and all of Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Lee, Person, Randolph and Rockingham counties.

Brian Murphy: 202-383-6089, @MurphinDC

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