Pence ‘grateful’ for concerns expressed after campaign plane slides off runway

NEW YORK – Gov. Mike Pence said he appreciated the outpouring of support and he and his campaign have received after their plane skidded off the runway Thursday at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Pence appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss the accident.

“We’re great, thank God,” Pence said on the program Friday when asked about the incident. “We’re just very grateful for the concern expressed for us. There was about 10 seconds of uncertainty as we landed. We had a low ceiling when we came in. Once we were on the ground, you could tell they were trying to stop the aircraft as quickly as possible. It slid back and forth a little bit but left the runway.”

4 Fast Facts

  • Gov. Mike Pence appears on CBS This Morning to discuss plane's shaky landing
  • His campaign plane skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport Thursday
  • He thanked people for the outpouring of support and said first responders acted immediately
  • Pence also imparted words his pilot son told him: "Every landing that you walk away from is a successful landing"

Pence recalled the words his son, a Marine Corps aviator, has imparted to him in the past.

“Our son, Michael, likes to say you know, ‘Every landing that you walk away from is a successful landing.’ Everybody was fine.”

Pence said the incident was over quickly and thanked first responders for taking immediate action.

“Once the plane came to a stop, we noticed there was mud on the windows on our front half of the plane and we smelled the burnt rubber. It was over quickly. So grateful to the first responders. They were virtually on the scene before the plane stopped rolling. We’re grateful to the pilots and everyone involved, and we’re back on the campaign trail today.”

The discussion wasn’t limited to the plane mishap. Pence dismissed talk about violence on Election Day, although he was critical of reports that operatives for the Democratic Party went to Donald Trump rallies to incite violence, calling it “deeply offensive to millions of Americans, whatever your politics.”

He acknowledged voters are passionate about their country and are calling for change.

“They care about this country. They really are tired of seeing a weakened America’s place in the world. They’re tired of seeing a stifled American economy. They’re frustrated with Obamacare,” he said.

Pence also addressed Trump’s talk of a “rigged election.” He said he felt the amount of negative coverage toward the Trump campaign has been “overwhelming” compared to negative coverage of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Pence said he and Trump want people to be able to “participate respectfully” in the political process.

“We want a victory on Election Day, but we also want it to be a victory for American democracy,” Pence said.

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