ATLANTA — Vice President Mike Pence was in Georgia again Friday for his second visit in just two weeks.
The Vice President attended a memorial service honoring the life of Christian evangelist and apologist Ravi Zacharias.
Afterwards, Pence led a conversation with small business owners on America’s economic reopening.
Channel 2 political reporter Richard Elliot was the only local television reporter embedded with the vice president during his visit last week.
At a stop at Unity National Bank in Atlanta, Pence addressed the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Ahmaud Arbery in coastal Georgia.
“Our prayers are with George Floyd’s family. Our prayers are also with the family of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia," Pence said. "We have no tolerance for racism in America. We have no tolerance for violence inspired by racism. And as President Trump said, justice will be served.”
During Pence’s visit last week, he dined with Gov. Brian Kemp and took part in a roundtable with restaurant executives impacted by the coronavirus shutdown.
Elliot said said on the way back to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Pence’s motorcade made an unscheduled stop to Alpharetta where the vice president paid his respects to Zacharias’ family.
People close the vice president told Elliot that Pence and Zacharias were close.
Earlier in the day, Elliot was able to speak one-on-one about Georgia’s reopening with the vice president for a few minutes.
“The message I got today is that Georgia is doing it. The people of Georgia are stepping up safely and responsibly reopening," Pence said.
Elliot asked the vice president about President Trump’s change of heart after criticizing Kemp and Georgia’s early reopening.
“Georgia is going back to work and President Trump and I are absolutely determined to work with every state in the country to safely and responsibly reopen America again,” Pence said. “We’re going to see the American people through this, but Richard, we’re getting through this and Georgia is leading the way back to putting America back to work.”
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