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GOP VP nominee Pence in Salisbury Monday

SALISBURY — Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is scheduled to hold a rally at Catawba College on Monday, according to the Trump-Pence campaign.

The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Gates are scheduled to open at 2 p.m. Catawba College is located at 2300 West Innes St. in Salisbury.

It will be the first time a presidential nominee or a vice presidential nominee has visited Salisbury during the 2016 race. However, surrogates of the Trump campaign have visited Salisbury twice.

The Trump-Pence campaign website doesn’t show a specific building or areas of Catawba College that will be used for the rally. When reached Friday night, Catawba College President Brien Lewis said a specific site at the school had not been selected. However, Lewis confirmed that the campaign has been in contact with the college about the rally.

Lewis said Monday’s event should not be viewed as a sign that the school plans to endorse Pence and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. He said the school would accommodate any campaign.

Colleges should be “a marketplace of ideas,” he said.

Pence and Trump have criss-crossed North Carolina many times during the 2016 campaign. Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Greensboro are the closest that the Trump campaign has come to Salisbury. The last time a presidential campaign came to Salisbury was 2008, when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, visited the city, appearing separately at the Salisbury Station on different occasions.

For more information about Monday’s event and to obtain tickets, visit www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/, scroll down until reaching the Salisbury rally and click on get tickets.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.

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