Vice President Pence visits Vermont for Labor Day weekend getaway

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt.- Whether it was by air or ground, the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence was hard to miss Friday morning in South Burlington.

“Lots of equipment that they don’t usually have right here in front of the guard,” said Patty Macdonnell.

She and her husband David are from Jericho, but were doing some shopping nearby when they decided to check things out at the airport.

“It’s great to be able to be a part of some type of history,” said Patty. “He’s coming in here visiting Vermont. Just to be able to see it up close and personal is always a good thing.”

The Vice President was initially expected to touch down later in the day.

But on Thursday, President Donald Trump announced he had canceled a trip to Poland which coincides with the 80th anniversary World War II.

“To ensure that all resources of the federal government are focused on the arriving storm, I have decided to send our Vice President Mike Pence to Poland this weekend in my place,” said President Trump Thursday.

It’s unclear whether or not the Poland trip will shorten the VP’s visit to Vermont. Regardless, the Macdonnells’ are happy he’s back.

“He’s the Vice President of the United States, we are US citizens,” said David. “It’s one of those once in a lifetime deals where you can see who is running our country.”

Last year Pence made a similar trip to the Green Mountains for Labor Day weekend. The VP spent time in central Vermont, enjoying a creemee at The Sudbury Shoppe.

“Its good publicity for the state, anything that will help out the state of Vermont is good for me,” said David.

It’s not clear where exactly in Vermont Pence will be spending the weekend. But it’s expected he will visit the Hubbardton area as he did in 2018.

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