Pence’s road to Washington

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Donald Trump’s victory also carries Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to the nation’s capital as vice president.

Pence will be returning to Washington, D.C. for the first time in four years, but this time as Donald Trump’s right-hand man.

Pence was a strong congressman in D.C. from 2003-2013 but just a few months ago, Pence’s future was shaky at best.

His approval ratings in Indiana had reached an all time low, and he was getting ready to faceoff once again against John Gregg for Indiana governor — a candidate he barely defeated in a three-way race in 2012.

C-SPAN’S Robert Browning believes the VP position could fit Pence perfectly.

“They seem to get along well,” said Browning. “Pence got good marks for his performance in the debate. So I think what we might see is the president using him as a liaison to certain groups that President Trump isn’t as strong with.”

Tippecanoe County resident Bob Brettnacher hopes Pence’s strong ties to Indiana give the state more pull in Washington.

“Just like when Dan Quayle was in there. It gives Indiana a little stature. Maybe people are going to notice Indiana more because he is there,” said Brettnacher.

Browning added, “For somebody like Mitch Daniels who has connections to Pence, it opens doors. It lets people have a contact in Washington that’s pretty high up.”