Vice President Mike Pence stopped in Hendersonville on Monday for a private taping of Huckabee, a talk show hosted by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee that airs weekly on TBN.
A live audience of 300 that included the mayors of Hendersonville and Gallatin; other local and state leaders; more than 20 first responders from the Nashville area; students from nearby Welch College and members of VFW Post 9851 were invited several weeks ago, but were told to keep the taping quiet for security reasons.
Guests arrived two hours ahead of the vice president who received an enthusiastic standing ovation before sitting down with Huckabee for a 25-minute interview. No photos were allowed and Pence left for a fundraiser for President Donald Trump in Nashville immediately after the interview.
Earlier in the day, Pence visited a Tyson Foods plant in Goodlettsville where he touted the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The trade agreement has been signed by the U.S. and Mexican presidents and the Canadian prime minister, but must be ratified by each country’s legislature.
In Hendersonville, the vice president continued to promote the trade agreement that he said is “sitting on [House Speaker’s Nancy] Pelosi’s desk.” Pence urged attendees, as well as a TV viewing audience, to call members of Congress and urge them to bring the agreement up for a vote.
Pence also touted his administration’s accomplishments, including what he said was the lowest unemployment rate in 51 years. He also said that the administration has made great strides in the African-American community, bringing that demographics’ unemployment rate to the lowest it has ever been.
On a more personal level, Pence spoke of his 34-year marriage to his wife Karen, his Christian faith and his relationship with Trump.
“We’ve really forged a great friendship,” Pence said.
Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn and U.S. Congressman Mark Green, both Republicans were also interviewed during the three-hour taping. Guests also enjoyed music from Hendersonville resident and Grammy-winner Jason Crabb as well as the Gatlin Brothers.
“I was especially impressed with how many community leaders, emergency responders, and veterans came out to support Vice President Pence and experience the Huckabee Show,” said Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Kathleen Hawkins. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a great way to spend a Monday.”
“On the same day that a federal reserve spokesman came to Hendersonville to discuss the national economy, we had the vice president here,” said Hendersonville Mayor Jamie Clary. “We have great things happening in Hendersonville. Residents and non-residents are seeing that. I appreciate Gov. Huckabee hosting his show here and going through all the hoops to bring the vice president to Hendersonville.”
Local law enforcement, who worked closely with the vice president’s secret service detail, was heavily visible as guests checked into the TBN studio on Monday.
Hendersonville Ward 3 Alderman and Vice Mayor Arlene Cunningham attended the event in Goodlettsville earlier in the day where she got to shake hands with the vice president and offer words of encouragement.
“He was very gracious,” said Cunningham. “I just told him he’s doing a great job and to keep on doing what he’s doing.”
Huckabee, who ran for U. S. president in the 2008 and 2016 Republican primaries, just entered his third season hosting the weekly talk show from the TBN studio.
TBN purchased the 33-acre Hendersonville property from the estate of the late country music entertainer Conway Twitty in 1994.
The show featuring Vice President Mike Pence will air on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. central and again on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. on the TBN Network. To attend future tapings of Huckabee, go to www.eventbrite.com/o/huckabee-17575240483.