Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at youth conference during visit to Houston

Pence criticized the Biden Administration and encourages vaccinations

Houston – Former Vice President Mike Pence made a stop in Houston Wednesday for the 43rd National Conservative Student Conference.

The crowd welcomed the former Vice President with a standing ovation as he started his speech, which mostly covered policy and politics.

But later down the line, Pence took aim at the Biden administration.

“After six months of open borders, higher taxes, runaway spending, abortion on demand, defunding the police, censoring free speech, canceling our most cherished liberties, enough is enough,” Pence said.

He also mentioned former President Donald Trump several times, mostly to talk about the record from their time in office.

“In 48 months, the Trump and Pence administration achieved the lowest unemployment, the highest household income, the most energy production, the most pro-America trade deals, the most secure border and the strongest military in the history of the world,” Pence said.

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, the former vice president encouraged people who are eligible to get vaccinated while pushing back against lockdowns and mandates.

“We can keep America open without forfeiting our freedoms,” he said.

The conference was hosted by the Young America’s Foundation, which strives to introduce college students to conservative ideas like “individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise and traditional values,” according to a news release.

The conference is being held until Aug. 7 at the Marriott Marquis, located at 1777 Walker St. The cost and full conference details can be found here.