HIBBING, MN-- Hibbing took center stage in the 2020 race for the White House on Monday.
Just eight days until the presidential election, Vice President Mike Pence stopped at Hibbing's Range Regional Airport to make a last-minute push to win over Northland voters.
"President Trump has been fighting to open up the Iron range. This president went straight to work not to protect mining but to protect the way of life that has defined this country for so many years," said Pence.
Pence, who is head of the coronavirus task force, also addressed the coronavirus.
His comments come amidst controversy over the weekend, as five of his close aids tested positive for COVID-19.
"We believe that before the end of this year under operation warp speed. We are going to have the first coronavirus vaccine and tens of millions of doses to distribute to the American people," Pence said.
With Judge Amy Coney Barrett expected to take her Constitutional Oath to the U.S. Supreme Court, Pence said if re-elected, the administration will continue to appoint conservative judges to the courts.
"This president has appointed more than 230 conservative judges to our federal courts at every level," said Pence.
These messages were a driving force Monday as the Republican party looks to turn Minnesota red for the first time in 48 years.
The event today was meant to be socially distanced and capped at 250 people.
Our crew estimated there were more people in attendance.
We asked the campaign and Hibbing Police for an official estimate but have not heard back.
The campaign made an announcement at the event asking everyone to wear a mask. It appeared that roughly half in attendance complied with the request.
The election is Tuesday, November 3.