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While in Utah, Vice President Pence calls for a Mexico, Canada trade deal vote

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence kept up his public campaign on Thursday to pressure Congress to approve the Trump administration’s new trade deal with Mexico and Canada this year.

Pence spoke glowingly about the nation’s economy and President Donald Trump during his speech at Utah medical-device maker Merit Medical on Thursday.

He said he specifically called on Utah’s lone congressional Democrat, Rep. Ben McAdams, to help bring it to the floor of the U.S. House.  McAdams represents the Salt Lake City suburb where Pence spoke, and says he’s already signed a letter asking Democratic leadership to bring it to a vote this year.

The speech is the vice president’s second visit this week to a district where a Democrat narrowly won in 2018. He also spoke in New Mexico on Wednesday.

Pence arrived in Utah Wednesday evening after visiting New Mexico, where he spoke about the trade pact while visiting an oil and natural gas production service company.

Pence’s visits to Utah and New Mexico come in congressional swing districts where Democrats narrowly won in 2018.