Trump stumps for Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania

Mar 12, 2018, 06:29
Trump stumps for Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania

March 11 ― President Donald Trump attacked his critics, promoted his steel and aluminum tariffs and tossed out an idea to have drug dealers face the death penalty, addressing a raucous rally yesterday for a Republican congressional candidate in a tight race.

Despite being a traditionally GOP-friendly district, Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone are competing a Tuesday special election which polls have at single digits, according to NBC.

Mr. Trump's tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, which he formally announced on Thursday, have received considerable attention in a district with an estimated 17,000 steelworkers and nearly 90,000 voters from union households.

Polls suggest Lamb, 33, and Saccone, 60, are headed for a tight finish in Tuesday's election in a district where Trump prevailed by almost 20 percentage points in 2016.

The President's appearance also comes after a particularly active week at the White House. And if Pelosi were in charge of the House, he said, Lamb would simply "vote the party line".

While the rally was not specifically advertised as one for Saccone, a loss by him would mark the third time that Trump had thrown his political might behind a candidate without success. Human rights groups and the United Nations have condemned Duterte's vigilante-style campaign that has left thousands of suspected drug dealers and users dead. "If the Democrats were to prevail in western Pennsylvania, that would be quite an quake", Rep. Charlie Dent said last week.

"We need Republicans, we need their votes".

"He's an extraordinary person", Trump said of Saccone, dismissing Lamb as "Lamb the Sham".

"Rick is going to vote for us all the time", Trump also said ahead of Tuesday's election, emphasizing again that a Democrat like Lamb could not be trusted to back Trump's agenda fully.

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People familiar with the discussions said that the president's Domestic Policy Council and the Department of Justice are studying potential policy changes and that a final announcement could come within weeks.

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

But, as he did at similar events during the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump gave remarks that were freewheeling and covered an array of topics. Elizabeth Warren of MA.

Trump, who last week agreed to a historic one-on-one meeting with Kim, motioned with his arms for the crowd to calm.

He also spoke about his recent revelation that he had agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un, before hitting out at his predecessors who had failed to organise it before now. His last two rallies were aimed at helping Republican candidates in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama, although the president did not make those men the centerpiece of his comments.

And if this race is as close as people are predicting, a little boost from the president could make the difference, and, Republicans hope, prevent a political embarrassment heading into the midterms.

TRUMP: Regulation, tax cuts, federal judges, a great, great Supreme Court. "Let's win this", the Democrat said on Twitter just as the Trump-Saccone rally wrapped up.

"These are campaign rally issues", Mnuchin said. "If a strong pro-Trump district like this goes the other way, it would send a bad signal around the country in districts far more competitive than this one".

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