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Mike Pence visits Bakersfield for fundraiser, man protests event

Posted at 6:18 PM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 21:25:52-04

Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence was in Bakersfield, looking to drum up support for his running mate, Donald Trump.

Pence was at the Bakersfield Country Club" for a fundraising event.

While that event was happening inside closed doors, Andrew Bond stood alone in front of the country club, trying to get others to see his message.

"I'm just going to hold my signs and be here peacefully."

The self-proclaimed "lone protester" is holding two signs that read, "No to Trump = no to hate" and "Fund Libraries."

"I just wish that people who have the kind of money to come to a fundraising dinner like this where the plates are up to $25,000, I wish instead they would invest that money in the community," said Bond.

Those wishes on his mind as he waited for vice presidential candidate Mike Pence to arrive.

Pence was in Bakersfield attending a private event, raising money for Donald Trump's TV and radio campaign ads.

Tickets for the event started at $1,000 with VIP access costing $25,000.

Local media was not allowed inside the even, but outside - security beefed up with a bomb squad unit and several Kern County Sheriff's office patrol vehicles.

California State Assemblywoman Shannon Grove helped moderate the event.

"He talked about Trump the man, he talked about how he felt like Donald Trump was caring and that he really wanted to get things done that would move America forward," said Grove, "he talked about policy. Policy regarding our agriculture policy, our water policy our oil policy."

As for bond, he just wants to be the voice for the voiceless.

"People should be promoting equality and treating one another like human beings."

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