Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence will talk space policy Monday in Cocoa at a special meeting of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.

Pence becomes a late replacement for an appearance that had been scheduled for Donald Trump earlier this week. Trump’s schedule got difficult and he never firmed up the appearance, leaving the EDC until the day before until it knew it would be canceled.

But Trump is sending Pence. That makes the Indiana governor the first and potentially only national candidate to take up the Space Coast EDC’s invitation to come talk space policy this year. In past years, the Space Coast EDC forums have provided opportunities for presidential candidates to roll out their space visions.

Pence has agreed to meet with the EDC’s Aerospace, Aviation, and National Security Council, a group that includes such space, aerospace, and defense heavyweights as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, SpaceX, and Blue Origin. The meeting is slated for 3 p.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Cocoa.

Neither Trump nor Democratic presidential and vice presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine have said much yet about their visions for America’s space program.

The Space Coast EDC has hosted other candidates in this year, including the U.S. Senate candidates, Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Democrat U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@flordiapolitics.com or scottmichaelpowers@yahoo.com.

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