INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence was back on the national campaign trail Saturday, speaking at a rally in Virginia, where he slammed Democrats for their “playbook of divisiveness.”
“We heard it again this week, Hillary Clinton actually decided to attack the very intentions and characters of millions of hardworking Americans who long for a better future for this country,” Pence told the crowd.
On Friday, Pence helped open the campaign’s Indiana headquarters in Carmel.
“A great victory for all of the American people,” Pence told Hoosier supporters. “And it’s going to go straight through the state of Indiana.”
Donald Trump’s campaign office in Carmel is the storefront to what organizers say will be a statewide grassroots effort, alongside a promise made earlier in the week from the Indiana Republican Party to share its state fundraising efforts and data with the Trump campaign.
“You always play from behind,” Jeff Cardwell said, Indiana GOP chairman. “Any time you’re in a campaign, one of the things I’ve always done, I’ve run as an underdog.”
Cardwell, along with Indiana Trump campaign chair Rex Early and vice-chair Tony Samuel, launched the “Early for Trump” plan, a roadmap to meet supporters statewide.
“Local legislators, mayors, Trump supporters,” Samuel said. “There’s thousands of volunteers.”
Across town on the north side of Indianapolis, no phone call is being left unanswered and no Hoosier Democrat unreached for Hillary Clinton supporters.
“It’s busy all the time,” Terri Siler said, a Clinton volunteer. “There are people coming in here all the time.”
The effort, truly run and organized by Indiana volunteers, are energized around the notion of proving the polls and history wrong.
A Monmouth University poll released earlier this month showed Trump with a double-digit lead over Clinton in Indiana.
But CBS4 has learned Clinton’s campaign is keeping a close eye on Indiana and plans to open nearly a half-dozen more Indiana field offices in the coming weeks.
“It says to me they now understand Indiana is on the table,” Siler said. “And that we are just standing right off the podium waiting to collect a medal.”
With less than 75 days until Election Day, both campaigns are promising retail-style politics for Hoosiers to convince Hoosiers in what’s become an anything but predictable campaign.
“I’m telling you,” Early said. “We’re going to be on Hillary like a fat boy on a muffin. We’re going after them.”