WATCH | Vice President Mike Pence talks tax reform in Versailles

Published: Mar. 1, 2018 at 8:42 AM EST
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Vice President Mike Pence discussed tax reform in front of a packed house at More Than A Bakery in Versailles Wednesday.

America First Policies, a non-profit organization, hosted the event to promote the impact of the Republican tax overhaul.

This will be Pence's second visit to Central Kentucky since becoming Vice President. In July 2017,

More Than A Bakery started back in the 1850's in Pence's home state of Indiana. They expanded into Kentucky in 2016.

Before Pence's speech, politicians and business leaders took part in a panel discussion about the Republican-led tax cuts. The panelists were U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R - Ky., More Than A Bakery President Bill Quigg and Country Boy Brewing's Daniel Harrison.

Pence had breakfast with Rep. Barr, who is facing Republican and Democratic opposition for the 2018 election.

Along with the tax overhaul, Pence defended President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The tariff proposal has made some in Kentucky's bourbon industry concerned about retaliatory trade tactics.

Pence also visited with families of Marshall County High School shooting victims during his Kentucky stay.

Ahead of Pence's visit, the Kentucky Democratic Party released a statement.

"Just like everyone else working there, Pence is trying to get away from the White House while it implodes, “ Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Ben Self said. “He came a long way to buy a cake for the dumpster fire. If the tax plan was actually helping people, they wouldn’t have to spend so much money on selling it to the American people.”

A very small number of protesters were outside the event.