Vice President-elect Mike Pence traveled to New Orleans Saturday to endorse Republican Senate candidate John Kennedy – who faces a runoff election in a week.
“I’m really here to say thanks, but we have one more race to win this year.”
-Mike Pence, U.S. Vice President-elect
Kennedy, the five-term state treasurer, is gunning for the Senate seat currently held by retiring Sen. David Vitter. It’s the final outstanding Senate race in the country after no one got a majority of votes in the Nov. 8 general election.
Democrats hope to cut into the Senate’s Republican majority for next year, lending their support behind former Louisiana state senator Foster Campbell.
If Republicans hold the seat, they will maintain a 52-48 Senate lead.
According to Pence, he spoke to Trump before exiting his plane for the rally announcing the endorsement.
“He said, ‘I have one more thing to ask, and that’s to send John Kennedy to the United States Senate.’”
Pence reiterated the administration’s need for help in pushing its legislative agenda, focusing on immigration (building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border) and health care (repealing Obamacare). He also mentioned that President Trump could nominate up to three U.S. Supreme Court justices – who would need to be confirmed by Senators.
“We need one more push. You’re going to put an exclamation point at the end of a great American victory in 2016.”