President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to speak at the joint Senate-House GOP retreat that begins Wednesday and concludes Friday in Philadelphia.
Also reportedly on the speaking docket is former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Politico is reporting that Manning will address the group.
The purpose of the retreat is to plan the Republican agenda.
Manning, the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown passes and passing yards, has supported Republican causes in the past. He donated to George W. Bush’s successful 2004 presidential campaign, and he gave to Mitt Romney’s failed run in 2008. Manning also supported Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, donating $2,700 according to publicly available campaign filing numbers.
Manning has also donated at the state level in Tennessee, where he went to college.
Trump has expressed admiration for Manning in the past, perhaps most notably when he correctly predicted the Broncos would beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
“I very much have always liked Peyton Manning,” Trump said leading up to the game. “He is a very good guy. I know him. And he is a very, very good guy. So, I have to go with the person I know and I like. I like the other team. I think the other team looks fantastic. Probably, they would be favored by something. But I will stick with Peyton, because he is a very good guy.”
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