Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump stumps for Republican Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania

Trump stumps for Republican Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania

Trump is discussing how he came to his decision to meet with Kim Jong Un at a rally aimed at boosting special election candidate Rick Saccone.

"We can't just keep setting up blue ribbon committees" that do nothing but "talk, talk, talk", Trump said. The administration is also studying tougher prison sentences for large-scale dealers. "Loves 2nd A & VETS".

Trump said Lamb was "nice looking" and "a nice guy", but urged the crowd to vote for Saccone as Lamb couldn't be trusted to vote with Republicans. The Cook Political Report ratesthe contest as a "toss up".

"The president's support is key to attaining victory", Saccone told rally attendees about 45 minutes before Trump took the stage. In October, Trump was forced to withdraw his nomination of Pennsylvania Republican Representative Tom Marino to head the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) after it was revealed that the congressman had spearheaded efforts to cripple the agency's ability to regulate the pharmaceutical industry's dispersal of cheap prescription painkillers.

But Republicans reject the idea that this race is somehow indicative of broader political trends.

Boasting a more than 3-to-1 fundraising advantage over Saccone, Lamb has plastered his message on Pittsburgh television and animated Democrats who haven't had recent reason to care.

Lamb, however, keeps to party orthodoxy on unions in a district with a long history of coal mining and steel-making. Democrat Conor Lamb has proven to be a stellar candidate.

Trump Jr., eating ice cream with Saccone at Sarris Candies in front of dozens of cameras, said Trump supporters "gotta stay in the game, they gotta stay motivated".

"He said 'We have a zero tolerance policy". The PAC has two field offices in western Pennsylvania and 50 people on the ground, knocking on doors on behalf of Saccone, an enormous investment for a single House race.

National Republicans have argued that Saccone has been a lackluster fundraiser with an ineffective campaign.

The combination has been enough to stoke excitement among the Democratic base, while giving Lamb an opening to reach moderates he'll need for a winning coalition. I don't know if that's unpopular.

Saccone has argued that he has the support of rank-and-file union members, if not union leadership. In the last election, the local AFL-CIO endorsed him for re-election.

Both Lamb and Saccone have countered the attacks.

US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Make America Great Again Rally on March 10, 2018 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. His bottom line, though: "I'm not voting for any liberal who's going to advance the Democratic Party agenda".

"I think the one thing that has put this race in play is that it is a heavily unionized district", said Mukis. In one of his campaign ads, he aims an AR-15.

"I was really down after the presidential election, but Conor has me totally enthusiastic again", said Patricia Bancroft, 62, as she took a break from working the phones at Lamb's Allegheny County field office Monday afternoon. "Trump's popular in this district". He's also backed several of Trump's policies, including the president's recent steel tariffs. In some ways, Lamb is trying to run independent of the president, rather than as a referendum on him, and it seems to be resonating. "I may leave fast, or we may sit down and make the greatest deal for the world and for all of these countries, including, frankly, North Korea, and that's what I hope happens".

And on the topic of worldwide trade, Trump faulted his predecessors all the way back to President Ronald Reagan, who held office for most of the 1980s, for what he sees as the current unfairness in the country's trade relations with much of the rest of the world.

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