Vice President Mike Pence Coming to Lee University
Mike Pence will be a special guest at the “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event that will be held on July 21 at 11 a.m. in Pangle Hall at Lee University. As part of the tour hosted by America First Policies, the event will be covering how the Tax Cuts and Job Acts will impact people, their states, and the nation as a whole.
Hosted by the America First Policies organization, the series, "Tax Cuts to Put America First," features guest speakers discussing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
The doors will open at 9:15 a.m. and the event will begin at 11:15 a.m. The event is first come, first served and tickets can be registered for here.
After the announcement on Lee University's official Facebook page, there has been a mixed response from followers. While some students and alumni were excited about their alma mater hosting the Vice President of the United States, some expressed disappointment and disapproval about the upcoming visit. There is even a Facebook page established to protest Mike Pence's visit on Saturday.
One comment was strong, citing President Trump's comments regarding Russia in Helsinki and the still unresolved forced separation of children at the border.
"This is shameful, Lee University. Not one of this administration's policies align with Lee's values."
Another commenter pointed out how far Lee has come be able to host such an event.
"As a Lee Alumnus, I am proud that a tiny Bible School has grown to the place that it can host an event for a sitting Republican Vice President."
About the Tax Cuts and Job Acts
The Tax Cuts and Job Acts was signed into law by President Trump in December 2017. The major elements of change included: reducing tax rates for businesses and individuals; increasing the standard deduction and family tax credits; eliminating personal exemptions; limiting deductions for state and local income taxes and property taxes; limiting mortgage interest deduction; and more.
More information about the act can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1.
Lee University's statement (updated 7/18/18)
"It was announced yesterday that Vice President Mike Pence will be speaking at a political event in Pangle Hall on our campus this weekend. This is a campaign event in support of Representative Marsha Blackburn, the Republican candidate for the seat in the U.S. Senate being vacated by Senator Bob Corker. Lee University is not sponsoring the event, but we believe that providing a campus venue for activities such as this is an important part of Lee's commitment to participate in the public conversation. In recent years, we have entertained and listened to public figures from all across the political spectrum, Democrat and Republican.
In that spirit, we welcome Vice President Pence, along with Representative Blackburn, and all those who wish to come hear them. We look forward to demonstrating that Lee University is always a place of openness and hospitality. We hope that former governor Phil Bredesen, the Democratic candidate, will also bring his campaign to Cleveland, and when he does, we will extend to him, any any national political figures who accompany him, a similar welcome.
Lee University believes that democracy works best when the voices and messages from across both parties are heard and discussed, and we are happy to lend our support to that tradition." - Lee University's Twitter Page (@LeeU).