Pence returns for 3rd Labor Day weekend visit to Vermont

Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 11:27 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2020 at 3:50 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Vice President Mike Pence is back in the Green Mountains for the third summer in a row. With little fanfare, Air Force Two touched down at the Rutland airport Friday afternoon and Pence was whisked away by motorcade. During previous trips, Pence has stayed at a home on Lake Hortonia in Hubbardton. There was a heavy police presence in that location Friday, and our Ike Bendavid spoke with some local residents.

Vice President Pence motorcade on the way to Lake Hortonia Friday.
Vice President Pence motorcade on the way to Lake Hortonia Friday.(WCAX)

Sitting in between Sudbury and Hubbardton, Lake Hortonia is a hidden gem hidden in Rutland county.

“Really nice people in this area, really friendly,” said local resident Eric William.

This year now makes it three years in a row where Pence and his family have vacationed for the holiday weekend.

“He has been here the last couple years. Been a little odd, exciting, to have the vice president here,” said Dave Riley of Hubbardton.

It’s a good spot actually because it’s not a very popular lake. It’s kind of isolated,” said Paul Geoffroy of Sudbury.

Vermont State Police bomb squad at Lake Hortonia in Hubbardton Friday.
Vermont State Police bomb squad at Lake Hortonia in Hubbardton Friday.(WCAX)

Friday morning, the Secret Service and Vermont State Police could be seen leading up to the rural road where the VP will spending the weekend.

“We are actually honored to have him here,” said Melanie Delacruz. She and her husband, Tony spend their summers at the lake and live next to where Pence stays. “The first time he came we were blown away, totally blown away that he would come.”

The couple says they got to meet Pence last summer. “It was such a treat. He stopped by and talked with us. it was an honor,” Delacruz said. “Everybody needs a vacation, so it’s great to see him having fun on the boat fishing.

“Tubing! Hopefully he enjoys himself this time also,” added Tony.

Jody Gail, the owner of the Lake Hortonia Country Store, says on a weekend where many people relax, some are on edge with the extra patrols on a usually calm lake. “You have police around, Secret Service around, and people get nervous,” she said.

But no matter their political views, people we talked with - wished the VP a relaxing weekend in the Green Mountain State. “He has a right to his privacy and vacations,” Geoffroy said.

“Just let him be. That’s what he is here for -- to relax,” William said.

“You would think of all the places in the world, to come to Lake Hortonia, Vermont. Says something about the lake I guess,” Riley said.

In his two previous visits, Pence landed at the Burlington airport before heading south.

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