“When you say yes to Governor Brian Kemp tomorrow, you will send a deafening message all across America that the Republican Party is the party of the future,” said Pence, speaking to a crowd of a few hundred in an airport hangar north of Atlanta on Monday.
“When Brian Kemp called me and asked me to come out here and be with all of you, I said yes in a heartbeat,” Pence said.
The relationship between Pence and Trump has crumbled following the then-vice president’s refusal to stop the counting of Electoral College votes following the 2020 election. Pence, who in speeches frequently touts the accomplishments of the “Trump-Pence administration,” has also begun to forge a separate identity from the former President, positioning himself for a possible run for the White House in 2024.
Pence’s trip to Georgia is the latest of several appearances in the midterm cycle on behalf of Republican candidates. Marc Short, a top Pence aide, told CNN the former vice president will travel on Tuesday to appear with North Carolina Senate nominee Ted Budd, who won his Republican primary last week and had been endorsed by Trump.
“I’m here because Brian Kemp is the only candidate in tomorrow’s primary who has already defeated Stacey Abrams, whether she knows it or not,” Pence said. “And I’m here because Stacey Abrams can never be governor of the great state of Georgia.”
Multiple times during the rally, the audience broke out in a chant of “four more years,” with Pence leading one such chant near the end of his speech.
“I don’t know about y’all, but I’m glad we’re the No. 1 state in the country for business,” Kemp said. “And Marty and the girls and I know that we are the best state in the country to live, work and raise our families in.”