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Vice President Mike Pence to speak at Citadel Republican Society on Feb. 13 in Charleston

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Vice President Mike Pence will be honored at The Citadel Republican Society next month, some five years after Donald Trump was applauded by the group.

The Feb. 13 appearance was announced Tuesday by The Citadel Republican Society.

"Duty, honor and service are central to the values we learn at The Citadel and we believe that the Vice President embodies those values for our entire nation,” Cadet Austin Burgess, the club's vice president, said in a statement.

Tickets to the event were listed between $100 and $20,000 — the highest level sponsorship — on the society's Facebook page announcing the vice president's appearance.

Before Pence addresses cadets at the group's annual Patriot Dinner, he will be in West Columbia where he will attend a Trump Victory lunch. The fundraiser was confirmed by a state Republican Party official.

The trip to South Carolina will mark Pence's fourth visit to the Palmetto State in the last two years.

Pence headlined U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan's 9th annual Faith and Freedom BBQ fundraiser in August, where he told the crowd he was there to cement Trump's 2020 reelection. 

Before that, he paid a visit to an "Opportunity Zone" in Columbia where he applauded U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., for getting the development tax credits for economically distressed areas included in the 2017 tax bill.

He also helped U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., kick off his re-election campaign with rallies in Myrtle Beach and Greenville last year.

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"We are looking forward to welcoming Vice President Mike Pence back to South Carolina," S.C. Republican Party Chairman Drew McKissick said in a statement provided to The Post and Courier.

"This is Trump country and we are happy to have the vice president here to help us ensure that President Trump and Sen. Graham are re-elected this November," McKissick continued.

Before becoming Trump's vice president, Pence was the Republican governor of Indiana. Earlier this year, Pence's wife, Karen Pence, visited Charleston alongside first lady Melania Trump.

The Citadel Republican Society describes itself online as The Citadel’s largest and most active club. Each year, the group's annual Patriot Dinner honors a national, state or local official who embodies the leadership of Nathan Hale, an American soldier who was executed by the British at age 21.

Past honorees include Trump, Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon and South Carolina Sens. Scott and Jim DeMint.

The Patriot Dinner acts as an annual fundraiser to help pay for club members to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference each year in Washington, D.C. 

The dinner will be at The Citadel Holliday Alumni Center, at 69 Hagood Ave.

This story has been updated to include Pence's appearance at a President Donald Trump re-election fund-raiser.

Reach Caitlin Byrd at 843-937-5590 and follow her on Twitter @MaryCaitlinByrd.

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Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.

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