Pence's plane forced to return to New Hampshire airport after bird strike

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence's airplane struck a bird Tuesday on takeoff in New Hampshire, causing the pilot to return to the airport out of caution, the White House said.

The reported incident with the VP's plane that was supposed to carry Pence to Washington after a campaign event in Gilford, New Hampshire, has reportedly ended well, but the way it was earlier described by Fox News immediately went viral.

At the rally, Pence addressed the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday at age 87, and the administration's plans to appoint a replacement in the coming days.

Pence will rally supporters of President Donald Trump in a hangar at the Laconia Municipal Airport.

"This Saturday, President @realDonaldTrump will nominate a principled Conservative woman to the Supreme Court and after the Senate fulfills their duty to advise and consent, we're gonna fill that seat and have one more Conservative on the highest court in the land!"

During an interview with "CBS Evening News" on Tuesday, Pence defended the White House-backed legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, the landmark health law also known as ObamaCare.

The Republicans' push to fill Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court has been criticized as hypocritical, given the GOP's blocking of Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee, after the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death in 2016. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), have said they don't think the Senate should vote on a nominee before Election Day, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has essentially locked down support within his caucus to move a nominee this year.

Vice President Mike Pence has reassured Americans that health care remains a top priority for the Trump administration.

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