GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Gov. Mike Pence took the stage at the Wyndham Hotel nearly 40 minutes late. He had a good excuse.
Pence, alongside his daughter Charlotte, who is joining him on this current leg of his campaign to help elect Donald Trump as President, walked through the battlefields at Gettysburg National Military Park before coming to his town hall event.
More than 500 people crammed into the Wyndham Hotel ballroom. Pence's visit comes as Trump has fallen further behind Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in polls across Pennsylvania and nationally. Many in attendance are hoping Pence's performance at Tuesday's Vice Presidential debate against Sen. Tim Kaine would give the campaign momentum.
"Some people think I won that debate," Pence said. "But from where I sat, Donald Trump won that debate, and it's his policies and fight which will win back the White House."
Gov. Pence hit a chord with veterans in attendance with constant thanks and praise. Some of which, like Kirk Davis of Gettysburg who served in the Army in the 1970's, are hoping a Trump presidency overhauls the current system.
"It needs to be cleaned up," Davis said. "We can't be used and then forgotten. We pledge our life to our country and we keep our promise."
Even a pair of protestors who made their way into the crowd were pro-Pence. During the governor's speech, the duo, dressed in bright red and yellow rain ponchos, stood up to a chorus of boos. However, they were chanting "Pence! Pence! Pence!" apparently in favor of the Vice Presidential nominee. They were escorted out of the hotel by police. According to one officer, they were yelling to Pence that he was "on a sinking ship" with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.
Gov. Pence will visit Johnstown, Pa. for a rally on Thursday night, followed by a pair of stops in another battleground state of Ohio on Friday.