A local welcoming party awaited Mike and Karen Pence on Sunday morning at Columbus Municipal Airport. Julie McClure photo.
A local welcoming party awaited Mike and Karen Pence on Sunday morning at Columbus Municipal Airport. Julie McClure photo.
Vice President Mike Pence poses for a photo with his mother Nancy, left, and wife Karen, right, at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic
Vice President Mike Pence poses for a photo with his mother Nancy Pence Fritsch, left, and wife Karen, at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic

COLUMBUS, Indiana — Vice President Mike Pence returned to his hometown Sunday when Air Force Two touched down at the Columbus Municipal Airport at 9:17 a.m.

Eight minutes later after the plane came to a halt, the Columbus native and former Indiana governor stepped out of the plane and down a ramp with his wife Karen at 9:25 a.m. Both were greeted by State Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, at the head of a small reception line – who had hugs for both Mike and Karen Pence. Smith’s wife Diane also had a hug for Karen Pence.

The vice president’s mother, Nancy Pence Fritch of Columbus, welcomed her son with a hug as well.

The vice president arrived in a dark blazer, blue polo shirt and khaki trousers, while his wife wore an Indy 500 racing theme black-and-white checkered blouse with black jacket and pants.

Leaders of the Bartholomew County Republican Party, including chairwoman Barb Hackman and vice chairman DeWayne Hines, a high school classmate of Mike Pence, were among local people welcoming the Pences on the airport tarmac. Columbus business executive Tony Moravec, a friend of the vice president, was also near the front of the welcoming line.

The Pences’ morning stop in Columbus was a brief one, as they got onto an Indiana National Guard helicopter for a 9:45 a.m. scheduled ride to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to attend today’s Indy 500 race.

Read full details and see more photos in Monday’s edition of The Republic.

People watched Vice President Mike Pence land Sunday morning at the Columbus Municipal Airport. Photo by Julie McClure.
People watched Vice President Mike Pence land Sunday morning at the Columbus Municipal Airport.
Julie McClure photo.

 

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.