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VP Pence speaks at 'Faith in Leadership' event in Des Moines

"The American people cherish the freedom of religion in every American and every faith," Pence said Thursday.

With just 33 days until Election Day, Vice President Mike Pence is back in Iowa.

Pence, along with U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, spoke Thursday at The FAMiLY Leader's "Faith in Leadership, America's Need for Revival" event in Des Moines.

The vice president spoke about his belief that faith is still present in government, and offered a defense of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett as someone whose faith has been criticized.

"The American people cherish the freedom of religion in every American and every faith," Pence said. "And these attacks on Judge Barrett's faith must stop."

Pence also noted his strong "dogma" of faith, a reference to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, who in 2017 said in reference to Barrett's Catholic faith: "The dogma lives loudly within her."

Carson mentioned that the Constitution does not mention a separation of church and state. 

But the freedom of religion is guaranteed in the First Amendment, which is how the Supreme Court has interpreted the law.

Earlier in the day, Pence made a campaign stop in Carter Lake, near the Iowa-Nebraska border.

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks at an event hosted by The Family Leader Foundation Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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