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Pence stopping to Eau Claire to tout trade agreementSubmitted: 05/14/2019
Pence stopping to Eau Claire to tout trade agreement
Story By Nikolaus Koch

MADISON - Vice President Mike Pence will make a stop in Eau Claire to promote a trade agreement between America and Mexico.

The Vice President's stop comes just a month after President Trump had a rally in Green Bay.

It will be Pence's first visit to Wisconsin since he attended a campaign rally in November in Hudson.

Pence will participate in a round table discussion with business leaders then talk about the trade deal's impact on Wisconsin.

Later, Pence will travel to the Fort McCoy U.S. Army base to meet with soldiers and family members.

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