Vice President Mike Pence talks trade debates and tax reform during Iowa stop

Vice President Mike Pence was in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, where he spoke at one of the city’s largest employers, Rockwell Collins.

Before Pence took the stage, he took a quick tour of part of the facility where he demoed a flight simulator, seeing what Rockwell Collins is known for — creations in aviation.

Pence was joined by fellow Republican congressman Rod Blum and Governor Kim Reynolds, and later spoke to the crowd of 100 Rockwell employees for about 20 minutes.

The vice president’s visit comes in the midst of ongoing trade debates.

"For too long America’s trading relationship with many of our leading trade partners has been too one-sided," Pence said.

With tariffs threatening the viability of Iowa soybeans, Pence said the administration is working to create a leveled playing field.

"I promise you the president is going to continue to drive forward. He’s going to drive forward in a way that’s going to put American farmers first. I’m pleased to report to you that we’re making significant progress on reforming on the North American free trade agreement," he said.

Pence highly praised the host company for its work done in aviation and national defense, which Pence said more funding is expected to come.

"On behalf of the American people, I say to Rockwell Collins job well done!" said Pence.

Throughout his speech, Pence highlighted what the administration has done with a large focus on its tax reform.

"Now Rockwell Collins’ tax rate fell from nearly 30% to just over 18% giving this company millions of dollars to invest in its workers, its businesses, and your future. That’s real results," he said.

The campaign-like stop also included Pence speaking about Republican Congressman Rod Blum, who’s up for re-election in November.

"Because of Rod Blum, help is on the way. One week ago, our administration, at his urging approved 117-million dollars to help Cedar Rapids complete a permanent flood walls," Pence said.

Pence also spoke about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, saying he was confident that Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley would move Kavanaugh through the nomination process to confirmation.

Following the event, Pence joined Blum for a private event to support him ahead of the November election.

Pence’s speech in its entirety can be viewed on the KWWL Facebook page.

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