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In scorching heat, hundreds line up for Trump and Pence town hall in Roanoke

(WDBJ)
Published: Jul. 25, 2016 at 11:52 AM EDT
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Hundreds of people are lining up to see Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence.

They are holding a town hall meeting in Roanoke at 3 p.m. Monday.

The first words out of everyone's mouth are it's hot. And it is, but there's a breeze blowing, so we haven't seen anyone fall out because of the heat.

The people we've spoken with are committed Trump supporters, excited to see Donald Trump and Governor Mike Pence in person.

This is one of the first joint appearances of the GOP ticket since the Republican National Convention, and the first since Hillary Clinton named Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate.

The folks at the front of the line have been here since 5 a.m., determined to get a good seat for the town hall.

Some have been standing in the hot sun, but the Roanoke Fire Department brought water, and firefighters and police officers have been passing out bottles.

The people we've spoken with Monday morning say the wait is worth it.

“I want change in Washington, with all of the other Americans who want change in Washington. We want a new leader who is going to lead us instead of just sitting in an office doing nothing,” said Jim Machynski, a Trump supporter from Christiansburg.

Susan Meador, a Trump supporter from Roanoke said: “The most important thing for me is the economy. I have kids, I have young grandchildren and their futures are at stake.”

Doors for the event are scheduled to open at 1 p.m. The town hall gets started at 3 p.m.