Is change coming to the US heartland?

In the Indiana town of South Bend, watching the inadequate performance of Mike Pence on the stump, it’s hard not to feel that this little blue oasis is a bellwether of things to come in one of the reddest states in America

1st November, 2020
Is change coming to the US heartland?
Political analysts are divided about Pence. Some Republicans say his loyalty to Trump is absolute. Others say that whether Trump wins or loses, Pence tolerates him merely as a launchpad for his 2024 presidential ambitions

The first sign that all may not be going according to plan comes as I pull into the carpark of the Staybridge Suites in South Bend, Indiana. There’s one space left – between a battered pick-up truck festooned with pro-Trump bumper stickers and a giant decal of Trump’s head and shoulders plastered to the passenger window.

From a distance on a dark night, or after a skinful in the local dive...

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