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Gov. Mike Pence makes surprise stop at popular RVA eatery

Mike Pence at Millie's Diner (Source: NBC12) Mike Pence at Millie's Diner (Source: NBC12)

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence stopped in Richmond Saturday morning, making a surprise visit to local restaurant, Millie's Diner.

Pence’s visit to one of Richmond's favorite eateries was a surprise even to Millie's owner. Many diners thought the motorcade and secret service meant a visit by another vice presidential nominee.

“We thought it was going to be Tim Kaine because we’re in Richmond and we figured Tim Kaine is going to come to a small local spot that everybody knows, but then it was Mike Pence. I didn't know he would come to such a small local little haunt,” said patron Elisabeth Savvides.

Pence did not take questions from the media, but did spend about 20 minutes taking selfies, snapping photos, and chatting with diners, like Darrah Murray and her niece and nephew.

“He just asked us how we were, and did we enjoy coming here often,” said Murray. “I told him ‘yes it was a really nice place,’ and if he had time he should try something.”

As the Indiana governor made his rounds around the restaurant packed with patrons and members of the press, Pence took a seat with Hector Aldana and his family.

“It was an informal, and casual conversation which was really nice and refreshing,” said Aldana.

While politics were place aside during the visit, Pence did debate what to order. Savvides cast her ballot for the huevos rancheros. Murray voted for the Cajun Mess.

“It doesn’t seem like you could get a bad meal here,” said Pence.

While many said Pence seemed outgoing and friendly, patrons said it didn't change their opinion come November.

“He seemed nice. He was cordial, just doing his little political rounds shaking hands and kissing babies,” said Savvides.

Pence did not end up ordering a meal. After the stop at Millie’s he attended a Virginia State GOP meeting, before campaigning in Loudoun County at Patrick Henry College. 

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