VP nominee Pence visits firebombed NC office, speaks in Fayetteville

Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence (left) tours the firebombed GOP office in Hillsborough on Tuesday. CBS Newspath image
Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence (left) tours the firebombed GOP office in Hillsborough on Tuesday. CBS Newspath image

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence condemned the firebombing of a local Republican office in North Carolina as “an act of political terrorism” and “an attack on the American political system.”

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The Indiana governor on Tuesday toured the charred interior of the Orange County GOP office on his way to two rallies elsewhere in the state. Pence later spoke to a crowd at a rally in Fayetteville that started after 6 p.m.

Related story: FBI analyzing evidence, 911 call released from Orange Co. GOP HQ firebombing

During the Orange County appearance, Pence praised Republican volunteers Hillsborough, North Carolina, for their “courage and resilience.”

The attack happened late Saturday night or early Sunday morning when what police are calling a “Molotov cocktail” being thrown through the front window of the office.

Pence noted political figures across the spectrum have condemned the act committed over the weekend. But he complained that national media have paid little attention. He speculated that a similar attack on a Democratic office would get much wider coverage.

North Carolina has emerged as key battleground and is a must-win state for Republican Donald Trump.

Orange County is a heavily Democratic county at the edge of the Raleigh-Durham metro area. President Barack Obama won 70 percent of the vote there in 2012, though he lost the statewide vote.

Related story: Mike Pence, Tim Kaine set to campaign in 5 NC cities over next 3 days

No one was hurt in the firebombing and police are still investigating.

Law enforcement are reviewing video taken from 347 and 353 Ja-Max Drive in the Shops at Daniel Boone. Officials have not said what the video shows.

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