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DFL and Republican leaders speak out before Monday’s Vice Presidential visit

HIBBING, MN. -- We are just over a week away from the election and candidates are touring across the United States vying for votes.

That includes right here in the Northland where Vice President Mike Pence will be holding a rally at the Range Regional Airport Monday.

Pence's rally in Hibbing is still scheduled, despite several members of his staff testing positive for COVID-19.

"Instead of doing the responsible thing and pulling down the event, here they come to have another super spreader event in the state of Minnesota," said Ken Martin, DFL Party Chair

Ahead of Pence's visit, DFL leaders gathered in Duluth on Sunday, expressing their disapproval.

Duluth city council vice president Renee Van Nett addressed the crowd, urging voters to take this into account on election day.

"That's what our presidency should be about. The people. Not myself, or my own values or my own issues, or my own bank account. None of that. It's about the people who we represent and we serve," said Renee Van Nett, Duluth City Council Vice President.

Meanwhile, Republican leaders say they are excited to welcome the Vice President back to the Northland as Congressman Pete Stauber touted the importance of the Iron Range economic drivers like mining, and steelwork.

"Whenever we can bring the Vice President of the United States to our region and show off our economic drivers and our workforce and what we do to help strategically secure our nation's steel making," said Stauber.

Eveleth mayor Robert Vlaisavljevich is one of the several democratic Iron Range Mayors to publically endorse the Trump-Pence ticket.

He says because Republican candidates have focused on Northern Minnesota's working class, they may be able to turn voters like himself red this election cycle.

The president and the vice president numerous times show their support for the working people of Minnesota and our industry. I can only say it's like a Christmas come early. It's going to do great things to turn this area red and maybe Minnesota red," said Vlaisavljevich.

Either red or blue, time is ticking down as candidates make their final plea to voters.

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Ryan Compeau

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