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Vice President Pence met with protests at Columbus event

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- Vice President Mike Pence came to Columbus Friday as part of a series of events put together by America First Policies, a political action committee set up to promote the agenda of President Trump.

Supporters packed the Woody Hayes Ballroom at the downtown Renaissance as Pence spoke about tax cuts and the economy.

"Since Ohio voted to elect our president. Businesses have created more than 3.4 million jobs across the country including 100 thousand new jobs right here in Ohio, in just a year and a half," Pence said to the crowd.

Pence's visit got a lot of attention, from both supporters and protesters.

A dance party protest across the street from the hotel welcomed Pence with drag queens, music and rainbows. Others protesting did so inside the event.

"Pence came out and as soon as he came out Lori stood up and started talking and shouting," said Mary Mynatt.

As quickly as people stood up to heckle Pence, police threw the protesters out. Sometimes, the crowd inside the event.

"And a woman grabbed my sign and tried to rip me off the chair backwards," said Kelly Weber.

Weber and several others say they were taken to the lowest level of the hotel and pushed out the door. Those protesters say they were banned from the hotel for life.

Pence spent the earlier part of the day campaigning for Bill Schuette's gubernatorial campaign in Michigan.



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