- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence campaigning in Arizona (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence didn’t address GOP tensions after running mate Donald Trump refused to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan or Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Pence spoke at a town hall event Tuesday night in Phoenix then took some questions from the few hundred people in attendance but didn’t mention the endorsement snub.

An Associated Press reporter later asked Pence if he would endorse McCain or Ryan while the candidate was signing autographs and posing for selfies with supporters. The Indiana governor appeared to ignore the question and kept on moving down the line.

Trump told The Washington Post earlier Tuesday that he’s “just not quite there yet” when asked about an endorsement of Ryan, who faces a primary election next week.

In the Post interview, Trump also declined to support McCain’s re-election.

8:30 p.m.

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence told supporters in Phoenix he and Donald Trump will bring no-nonsense leadership to the White House.

Pence spoke for about 25 minutes then took questions Tuesday after his appearance was delayed because of storms that flooded Phoenix-area streets and led to water rescues.

The Indiana governor also continued to drive home his talking point that a Hillary Clinton presidency would simply be a third term for President Barack Obama.

At one point during the rally, a man began to shout “Donald Trump is a racist.” The few hundred supporters booed and drowned out the man’s shouts with chants of “USA.” Security then escorted the man out.

Metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer spoke prior to Pence.

7:35 p.m.

After a storm delay, the longtime sheriff of metro Phoenix rallied a crowd gathered for an appearance for Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio recalled a similar Phoenix gathering 13 months ago at which he had a feeling Donald Trump would be the next president.

Apraio said Tuesday his gut tells him Pence is also “a winner.”

The start of the rally was delayed because of storms that flooded highways and led to water rescues.

Arpaio has been sheriff since 1993 and is running for his 7th term amid legal problems. A federal judge is deciding whether Arpaio’s agency intentionally ignored a court order to stop immigration patrols and if the sheriff will face criminal contempt charges.

Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer spoke just before Pence took the stage.

7:15 p.m.

Monsoon rains are delaying the start of a Phoenix appearance from Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence.

Arizona Republican Party Chair Robert Graham announced to those gathered at the Phoenix Convention Center that flooded streets were to blame. Graham says Pence had been at a fundraiser in the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley.

Officials say flooding closed part of Interstate 17, and firefighters had to rescue people from high water.

Pence was scheduled to speak in Phoenix at 7 p.m. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is slated to introduce him.

Pence, the governor of Indiana who is running with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, spoke earlier Tuesday in Tucson. There he railed against the policies of President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

5 p.m.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence criticized comments President Barack Obama made on Tuesday about Republican nominee for president Donald Trump’s lack of judgment, saying Obama himself knows a lot about being “woefully unprepared.”

Pence spoke before several hundred people at a town hall in Tucson and was scheduled to appear in Phoenix later in the day.

He spent much of his speech railing against Obama policies.

Obama said Tuesday that Trump was unfit to be president and challenged Republicans to disavow their support for him.

Pence criticized Obama’s policies in Iraq, saying they led to the growth of the Islamic State group.

Pence also said electing Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, would be akin to voting in Obama for a third term in office.

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4:40 p.m.

Asked whether a Donald Trump presidency would reinstate prayers in school, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said only that his running mate strongly believed in religious freedom and would fight to repeal a law that bars churches from endorsing candidates for elected office.

Pence answered audience member questions during a town hall meeting on Tuesday afternoon in Tucson. He was scheduled to hold a rally in Phoenix later in the evening.

Pence also said that Trump, the Republican nominee for president, would appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices who reflect the values of the late Antonin Scalia, who served on the court for 30 years before his death in February.

Most of Pence’s time on stage was spent touting Trump’s proposed policies and bashing those of President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton.

3:30 p.m.

Indiana governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence told several hundred supporters that Donald Trump if elected president would repeal President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and strengthen the economy.

The crowd cheered for Pence when he linked Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to Obama’s policies.

Pence in his visit to the home state of U.S. Sen. John McCain did not address comments by Trump Tuesday that he would not support McCain’s re-election bid.

Pence took questions from people in the audience but did not speak with reporters.

After his Tucson appearance Tuesday afternoon, Pence was scheduled to appear in Phoenix Tuesday night.

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This item has been corrected to show the correct spelling of Pence.

2:30 p.m.

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence has arrived for a town hall in Tucson.

Donald Trump’s running mate will first visit the Fox Tucson Theater and then head to Phoenix for an evening event at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Trump held a rally Tuesday in Ashburn, Virginia, where he said the Arab Gulf States wouldn’t exist without U.S. help.

Trump has wide Republican support in Arizona during the state’s presidential preference election, winning with 47 percent of the vote.

Noon

Indiana governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence will be in Arizona for two town hall meetings in Phoenix and Tucson.

Donald Trump’s running mate will first visit Fox Tucson Theater in the early afternoon and will head to Phoenix for an event at the Phoenix Convention Center in the evening.

Pence campaigned in Nevada on Monday, where he said the U.S. should “draw down” support of the United Nations because it is often in conflict with the nation’s priorities.

He also said he’s never been around anyone who is as devoted to the armed forces as Trump is.

Trump has had wide support from Republicans in Arizona, winning the state’s presidential preference race with 47 percent of the vote.

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