In hailing Trump's immigration policies, Pence criticized Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's August veto of a bill that would have required North Carolina sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration agents. McCready supported the governor's veto.
The vice president said that Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden had released Luis Pineda-Ancheta, an immigrant who had illegally re-entered the U.S. and who had been arrested on charges related to domestic violence. ICE asked McFadden to keep Pineda-Ancheta in jail until they could pick him up -- a request that was ignored -- and arrested him a day later.
McFadden, who as a policy does not honor such requests, has repeatedly said that it falls to a magistrate or a judge, not him or his deputies, on whether to release an inmate from jail.
"Instead of being deported these criminals are being released here in North Carolina," Pence said.
Trump himself has tweeted that McCready believes in open borders. Fact checkers have rated that claim false.
At the kickoff to a canvassing event with veterans in Fayetteville, McCready talked about healthcare, education and investment in Eastern North Carolina. A former Marine, he drew on his own military experience in which he said no one cared about race or party and instead focused on putting the country first, a value he said is missing in Washington.
He alluded to the reason for the special election: findings of election fraud in Bladen County that nullified the 2018 election, where he trailed Republican Mark Harris by 905 votes on Election Day.
"This has been a campaign where we face politics at its worst," McCready said. "We faced politics at its worst in Bladen County, where we saw them steal absentee ballots from voters' doorsteps and target the elderly and African Americans and Native Americans."
McCready said that in the last 24 hours before the race, he was focused on reaching as many voters as possible, regardless of party. "This is an old school grassroots campaign, and we're talking with Democrats, independents and Republicans to share our message of working together to lower healthcare costs and strengthen public schools."
As Trump and Pence campaign for Bishop, McCready said this special election is not about Washington but about what matters to voters here in North Carolina.