MASON CITY — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence spoke about homeland security and health care among other topics during a campaign stop Monday at the Music Man Square.
The Republican candidate for vice president said he was humbled to be on the ticket with presidential candidate Donald Trump.
He called Trump “the kind of people you’d love to live next door to.”
More than 200 people filled the square’s 1912 streetscape, which evokes the set of the “The Music Man” movie, to hear Pence and other GOP leaders.
Iowa Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, and Cerro Gordo County GOP Chairwoman Barb Hovland, a candidate for the Iowa House, spoke ahead of Pence, denouncing the Affordable Care Act and the Common Core curriculum in schools.
Upmeyer said Trump and Pence would bring “the change we need” to the country.
Pence opened his speech talking about security, referencing attacks over the weekend in Minnesota, New York and New Jersey.
A man Saturday stabbed and wounded 10 people at the Crossroads Center Mall in St. Cloud, Minn., the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported. The attacker was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer.
Also Saturday, a device exploded in New York’s Chelsea area, wounding 29 people. An unexploded pressure cooker bomb was found blocks away.
Earlier the same day, a pipe bomb exploded with no injuries in Seaside Park, N.J.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the injured,” Pence said.
Monday, authorities wounded and captured the man they say is responsible.
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Authorities are investigating the Minnesota mall attacks as a potential act of terrorism; and the New York and New Jersey bombing suspect is likely to face federal terrorism charges.
Pence said that weakness in the country’s leadership arouses acts of “radical Islamic terrorism.”
“I’m not sure Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama know we’re at war,” Pence said, calling Clinton’s leadership a “narrative of denial.”
Pence took several questions from the audience, including about the rising cost of pharmaceuticals and what Trump plans to about it.
“We will unleash the power of the free market,” Pence said. “We’re just going to repeal Obamacare.”
The Washington Post contributed to this report.