Pence signed the papers and paid a $1,000 filing fee at the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office in Concord as supporters yelled “four more years.”
“We’re going to be here in New Hampshire; we’re going to be traveling all over the country,” Pence said at the State House before the paperwork was filed, reported The Hill.
“Under President Donald Trump’s leadership, we have made America great again,” Pence continued, adding that Trump’s efforts to rebuild the military, cut taxes, and trade deals have benefitted Americans “despite incredible opposition by the Democrats and their allies in the media.”
“But to keep America great, New Hampshire, we need four more years,” he also said.
Pence also pushed back against the House Democrat-led impeachment inquiry into President Trump, telling reporters there was no quid pro quo in his dealings with Ukraine.
“I’m very proud of the way we’ve stood with Ukraine against Russian aggression,” Pence said, as reported by local station WMUR. “But in all of my discussions with [Ukraine] President Zelensky, we focused exclusively on President Zelensky’s efforts to end corruption in the Ukraine and also enlist European support.”
“What’s going on in Washington, D.C. today is a disgrace,” he explained. “Behind closed doors, there’s a so-called impeachment inquiry that I think the American people know is nothing more than a partisan impeachment. It’s the latest effort by the Democrats to try to overturn the results of the 2016 election.”
Trump won the 2016 New Hampshire Republican primary by 35 percent to 16 percent over former Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
“It’s remarkable to think that what has taken place in this country since almost four years ago to the day, when a candidate named Donald Trump came to this State House and filed papers,” Pence said.
Pence said that under Trump, the economy is trending upward.
“You look at the American economy. It’s booming—6.7 million jobs created. Unemployment is at a 50-year low, wages rising at the fastest pace that they’ve risen in more than a decade,” he said, WMUR reported.
Some states are canceling their Republican primaries, but Trump is expected to face three challengers in New Hampshire, including former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, and former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, according to The Associated Press.