WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Corbin on Friday to join Gov. Matt Bevin and the rest of the GOP ticket for a multi-stop bus tour.
It's already been a busy week for Marcus Shepherd, the owner of Shep's Place. When LEX 18's Mike Valente arrived at the restaurant Thursday, Shepherd was speaking with the Secret Service, going over logistics for Pence's visit.
As soon as Pence arrived at the London-Corbin airport, a caravan of photographers, journalists and politicians were taken through the streets where Pence and Bevin talked with supports and posed for photographs.
"To have the vice president of the United States, or even the governor, to come and pick Shep's Place to eat, it's an honor," said Shepherd.
According to Shepherd, he hasn't really had to worry about any push back regarding his decision. But, with that being said, he recognizes it is an incredibly divisive time in American politics. As a military veteran, he said he views it as his obligation to host Pence.
"I highly respect the office of this state and the office of this country," said Shepherd. "And what makes us great as Americans is that we can disagree on politics, and my political view has nothing to do with this visit."
The prestige of the office may work to lure in Trump voters who are still wary of Bevin. Pence and Bevin attended an event for first responders in Williamsburg, alongside Rep. Hal Rogers.
Bevin touts conservative record of slate of candidates on GOP ticket in KY, takes dig at Democratic ticket. @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/OUZJUWFA2Q— Mike Valente (@ValenteLEX18) November 1, 2019
The pair closed out the day with a rally in London. You can watch the entire event below:
President Donald Trump will visit Lexington Monday.
Pence is making his way around Shep’s. Sources close to this reporter say the pizza here is very good, but it doesn’t appear he’s eaten any. @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/eklD0hiBKD
— Mike Valente (@ValenteLEX18) November 1, 2019