Pence cheerleading for Trump ahead of impeachment hearing

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Pence assured members that the public is “getting weary” of impeachment, according to members in the room, and warned that the process could backfire on Democrats, particularly in swing districts. He urged them to attack Democrats for focusing on impeachment over kitchen table issues like health care.

At one point, Pence — who served in the lower chamber for a dozen years — quipped that House Republicans were his “favorite group,” which prompted some laughs and applause from members in the room. One freshman lawmaker, Rep. Tim Burchett of Tennessee, even waited outside the room so he could snap a selfie with the vice president.

“It was a very bonding, uniting time,” Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) said of the meeting with Pence. “People love Mike Pence. Everybody was just real excited about the things he had to say.”

Pence also urged Republicans to talk up the economy and remind voters that Democrats have not ratified Trump’s trade deal or lowered prescription drug prices. He also shared anecdotes from his recent stops on the campaign trail, telling members that support for Trump remains strong.

“He talked about a lot of the successes, things that he’s out on the road hearing, more just where we’re going, and how the unity has been very positive,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).