Pence Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

(4 May 2017) RESTRICTION SUMMARY: AP CLIENTS ONLY

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Washington – May 4, 2017
1. Vice President Mike Pence enters
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Vice President Mike Pence
“Buenos tardes a todos, y feliz casi cinco de mayo. Today it’s my great honor on behalf of the first family to welcome you to the White House on this eve of Cinco de Mayo.”
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Vice President Mike Pence
“The bravery and valor of the Mexican people that day has been an inspiration ever since, and their heroism has won the hearts of people not only in Mexico but across America. Cinco de Mayo has been a day to celebrate the extraordinary contributions that Mexican Americans and, really, all Hispanic Americans have made and continue to make in the United States of America. Today, millions of Americans can trace their heritage back to Mexico from past generations we celebrate their many contributions to the life of this nation. From the arts to the armed forces, from the sciences to sports, Mexican Americans have made a lasting impact on our nation and on our history books. And filled those history books with names of trailblazers. I think of Elen Ocho, the first Hispanic woman who ascended to the stars as an astronaut. I think of Richard Cavazos, the first Hispanic four-star general in the United States Army.”
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Vice President Mike Pence
“The truth is that Mexican Americans and Hispanic Americans as a whole make a difference in America every single day. And that really is what we celebrate in Cinco de Mayo. You think of the extraordinary number of Hispanic-owned businesses, which actually grew by more than 50 percent over the last decade, and nearly half of all the Latino-owned firms are owned by people of Mexican heritage. And Latina-owned small businesses are the fastest-growing business sector in the United States of America.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Vice President Mike Pence
“Since day one, the president has taken decisive action to restore prosperity and opportunity for Americans, including Hispanics. To make it possible for every American to climb the ladder of success and live the American dream. In fact, you saw the president’s leadership on full display this last week. Thanks to President Donald Trump, what you saw pass in the House of Representatives today is the beginning of the end of Obamacare. Just a few short hours ago with strong support in the U.S. House of Representatives, we took an important step to repeal and replace Obamacare and replace it, finally with the kind of health care that every American deserves.”
STORYLINE:
A day ahead of the Cinco de Mayo holiday, Vice President Mike Pence thanked the Mexican American and Hispanic communities in the U.S. for their contributions to American society.
“Cinco de Mayo has been a day to celebrate the extraordinary contributions that Mexican Americans and, really, all Hispanic Americans have made and continue to make in the United States of America,” said Pence.
He went on to name a number of Hispanic American firsts.
Pence also used the opportunity to congratulate President Donad Trump for the passage of a revised healthcare bill in the House that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
“What you saw pass in the House of Representatives today is the beginning of the end of Obamacare,” he said.
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