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Pence touts trade pact benefits in Pennsylvania stop

Vice President Mike Pence tours JLS Automation in York, Pa., Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

Vice President Mike Pence tours JLS Automation in York, Pa., Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

Vice President Mike Pence has dropped in on the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania, where he toured a robotics maker and urged Congress to pass a new trade pact with Canada and Mexico.

Pence’s Thursday visit comes as President Donald Trump’s campaign is ramping up its re-election effort in a state where he scored a surprise 2016 win and delivered a crushing loss to Democrat Hillary Clinton.

At York-based JLS Automation, Pence told the crowd the robotics company would benefit from the new trade pact.

He’s set to speak to a state party dinner crowd in suburban Harrisburg Thursday evening.

Trump became the first Republican to win Pennsylvania since 1988.

Since then, Republicans have suffered a string of high-profile election losses in Pennsylvania, raising questions about whether Trump can win the state again.

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