Vice President Pence arrived at Harshaw Trane, an energy company in Louisville, at 10:32 a.m., after a roughly 20-minute drive, during which the motorcade passed a medium-sized crowd of protestors, whose signs largely opposed the new Republican health care plan.
Pence's first event was a listening session, with a pool spray at the top. Pence entered the room and hugged John Schnatter, the CEO and founder of Papa John's, who originally hails from Pence's home state of Indiana. The vice president then went around the room and shook hands with the rest of the attendees — see full list below.
Pence, seated at the middle of the table, began by making brief remarks:
"Thank you all for being here on a Saturday. I'm very, very grateful that so many great entrepreneurs are with us this morning for a conversation about jobs, about economic growth and about how we move forward with health care reform to better serve the people of Kentucky and America, and result in better health outcomes, for the people of this state and this country. I am especially pleased that we're joined today by your great governor, Matt Bevin."
When the group waited for Pence to continue, he quipped, "You can applaud him if you want," and then — after a round of applause — added: "I was for Matt Bevin before it was cool."
"To see the way this governor has hit the ground running, with the changes in really the economy of Kentucky — on the move — he's put all of that energy of his business background into the governor's office, just as we knew he would, and Kentucky is now a right-to-work state," Pence continued.
He also thanked Kentucky state senator Ralph Alvarado, asking if this was his district. (It was not).
Pence then returned his attention to Schnatter. "I have to tell you one of Indiana's leading exports to Kentucky is here," he said. "He grew up in southern Indiana but then he came to Kentucky, and started a little business. But to John Schnatter and his wonderful wife, it's wonderful to have you here. You all just make us so proud. You all know that story, don't you? He grew up in southern Indiana."
Your pool was then escorted out, and is awaiting Pence's speech, which is open press.
Here is a complete list of attendees, provide by Pence's press secretary, Marc Lotter:
Vice President Pence
Governor Matt Bevin
Alan Friedman, Pluto Corporation
State Senator Ralph Alvarado
Richard Pickren, VP of Harshaw Trane
Lou Zaccone, VP of Harshaw Trane
Tom Abele, VP of Harshaw Trane
Brent Christian Beanblossom, Home Instead
Rebecca Jean Beanblossom, Home Instead
John Lott, LTS Hospitality
Neil Ramsey, Ramsey Quantitative
Jesse Flynn, The Flynn Group
John Schnatter, Papa John's
Jim Lancaster, Lantech
Matt Schwartz, Schwartz Insurance Group
Spencer Coates, Houchens Industries
Patrick Satterly, Nanz & Kraft Florists
Chris Sternberg, Sun Tan City
Camilla Schroeder, Owner of Car Dealerships
Tom Austin, Universal Linen Service
George Bell, Office Resources, Inc