In Campaign Form, Trump Extols Himself and a Struggling GOP Candidate

by Olga Hunt March 12, 2018, 6:27
In Campaign Form, Trump Extols Himself and a Struggling GOP Candidate

Finally, Trump announced his 2020 campaign slogan would be "Keep America great" since he had already "made America great again".

President Trump is stumping for Republican candidate Rick Saccone, who faces a tough race against Democrat Conor Lamb in a Pennsylvania district Mr. Trump won by 20 points in 2016.

Before the speech, White House officials said Mr. Trump would focus much of his time framing his new steel and aluminum tariffs as a boon to workers in steel-producing regions such as western Pennsylvania.

Since President Trump has repeatedly expressed his desire to execute USA drug dealers, his administration is looking into a new policy allowing just that, according to the Washington Post.

Lamb's race against Republican Rick Saccone has crystallized the debate over whether a younger, charismatic Democrat appealing to win back traditionally Democratic voters can overcome a veteran Republican counting on party loyalty to carry him to victory in a GOP-leaning district at a time when President Donald Trump is pushing hard for the Republican, but remains a divisive figure.

Trump is urging attendees to head to the polls on Tuesday and jokes that if they agree, everyone can go home.

Trump also mocked global criticism of the steel and aluminum tariffs he ordered this past week.

"Is there anything more fun than a Trump rally?" he asked on the heels of a whirlwind week in which his chief economics adviser said he was resigning, he formalized steep tariffs on steel and aluminum that angered business leaders and allies, and abruptly announced, through South Korean officials, that he meant to meet with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader.

For Saccone, the closing argument is aimed squarely at the district's heavily Republican leanings, framing the race as a way to boost Trump and prevent national Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi from gaining traction.

He recalled his testy telephone conversation last month with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, which ended in an impasse over Trump's promised border wall and an agreement to scrap Peña Nieto's planned trip to Washington.

Trump said the candidate he most wants to run against in 2020 is Oprah Winfrey, predicting the campaign "would be a painful experience for her".

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The National Republican Congressional Committee also launched a television ad hitting Lamb for striking a plea deal with a drug dealer when he was a USA attorney.

"They had state judges that are Democrats change your voting districts - what kind of stuff is that?"

"He's going to vote the party line".

Trump also used the speech to double down on executing drug dealers, a solution he said has worked in China and Singapore. "We have to have him", Trump said.

He added at another point: "I hate to put pressure on you, Rick".

"I don't know if you're ready".

Trump spoke for about an hour before introducing Saccone about several topics. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. - again pulling out his "Pocahontas" taunt. "It could happen, it doesn't happen", Trump said of the meeting. But the president was risking a second embarrassing defeat after backing Republican Roy Moore but watching the Alabama Senate hopeful lose in December.

TRUMP: Regulation, tax cuts, federal judges, a great, great Supreme Court.

"These are campaign rally issues", Mnuchin said.

TRUMP: Then I get up in the morning. Do it. Do it. "Let's win this", the Democrat said on Twitter just as the Trump-Saccone rally wrapped up.

Since those two rallies late past year, Trump has not held any official campaign rallies, although he did name his new campaign manager last month, Brad Parscale.

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