Pence swings by La Jolla fundraiser during 2-day SoCal trip


Mike Pence arrives in La Jolla for a private fundraiser.

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 LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican vice presidential candidate, started a fundraising swing through Southern California Wednesday with a private event at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

Donald Trump's running mate is expected to be in the region for two days, including a planned speech Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley.

The San Diego event was co-hosted by developer Doug Manchester, the San Diego Reader reported. According to the Reader, weight-loss mogul Jenny Craig was also among the co-hosts, along with Madeleine Pickens, ex-wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens. The same people hosted a fundraiser for Trump in mid-July in Rancho Santa Fe.

According to the Reader, the base price of admission to the lunch event in La Jolla was $1,000, but $2,700 allowed the attendee to have a photo taken with Pence.

Manchester, who was out of the country told Fox 5, it was his wife who hosted the luncheon.  "Pence was very articulate," said Manchester.

He said the Governor continued to push the Trump platform, but was also excited about the campaign's recent momentum.

"He talked about how excited he was the polls were finally turning around and the potential for a Trump presidency could be very real," said Manchester.

"I’m a true believer of the American Dream," said Bill Johnson, Trump supporter.

Johnson lives across the street from the club.  He didn't pay for ticket, but he was able to listen in.

"Pence is a great support for Trump. I think he does a very good job he’s a very legitimate guy. People can recognize that," said Johnson.

Francine Busby, Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party had the following statement about Pence's visit.

"San Diegans value and respect our diverse community, our relationship with our neighbors in Mexico, our military families and our scientists. We reject Trump's divisive, hateful politics," said Busby.

"I’m here I’m all in for Donald Trump," said De Le.

Le, who works for a Vietnamese radio network in San Diego put aside his journalistic ethics Wednesday to voice his support for Trump.

He and other supporters said America is broken and Hillary Clinton will not be the one to fix it.

"Her lies about the emails and Benghazi.  I think it's really starting to show she is not trustworthy," said Le.

"The lying and the deceit, the corruption has got to come to an end," said Johnson.  "Hillary Clinton, it's just shocks me that people can’t just simply see she shouldn’t even be running."

Before the event, Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, told reporters that there were certain aspects of the Trump campaign that likely weren't going to be brought up at the fundraiser.

"Mr. Pence probably isn't going to remind his audience that Donald Trump launched his campaign by calling Mexican immigrants'rapists' and said they were 'bringing drugs,''' Peters said in a conference call arranged by the Democratic National Committee. "He's probably not going talk about the time Trump mocked a reporter with a disability, or the time he refused to disavow the support of David Duke of the KKK -- four times in one interview.''

Pence is scheduled to attend a 4:30 p.m. fundraiser in Newport Beach in Orange County, with attendees making a minimum contribution of $2,700 per person, according to an invitation obtained by the Orange County Register. Attendees who make a $10,000 contribution can have their photo taken with Pence, the newspaper reported.

The Register reported that Pence will attend a fundraiser in the Los Angeles area on Thursday. He is scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Reagan Library, with the $65 admission fee including the speech and an 11:15 a.m. buffet lunch.

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