President Trump: Coal is making a comeback
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 13, 2018,
Mar 13, 2018, 0:19
Feeling bullish after big wins in other special elections past year and enjoying a groundswell of grassroots activism these days, Democrats are hoping a win in this ruby red district will not only make it easier for them to take back the House in November, but also send a message that their candidates can play in any part of the country.
Trump endorsed Saccone in January, and outside Republican groups have spent more than $10 million on the race in support of Saccone, who's weak fundraising numbers have seen him outraised by Lamb by almost five-to-one in the first seven weeks of the year.
'Then you wonder why we have a problem, and that's why we have a problem. "Rick is going to vote for us all the time, all the time".
He said it was crucial for Republicans to muster forces to turn back a strong Democratic drive to win one or both houses of the US Congress in November midterm elections. Donald Trump. He drew a packed crowd to his rally with Saccone on Saturday, with some supporters having to be turned away.
But it's not clear what effect that could have on the final outcome. I said: 'Bye-bye. We're not making a deal.'" North Korea, he said, was "tough", and "should have been handled. and everybody will say it, too. But he said tariffs "are my baby" and is evidence of his defense of the working class.
It's a surprisingly close race in this reliably-Republican district between Democratic former prosecutor Conor Lamb, and Republican state legislator Rick Saccone.
Republicans control both the Senate and the House of Representatives. "Yeah, we do", Saccone said as he came to the stage this weekend. He supports unions and opposes Trump's tax cuts.
The same report alleged that Trump "often leaps into a passionate speech about how drug dealers are as bad as serial killers and should all get the death penalty", since he believes showing sympathy to drug offenders will never work.
Someone who still has sway in southwest Pennsylvania? "For people, for gangs, for drugs".
Trump delivered "about five minutes" of what had been scripted for Saturday night's rally, a White House official familiar with the speech said.
But, it's also about Lamb's style and charisma, Republicans say.
"Other voters are drawn to Saccone purely because he's allied with Trump".
While Trump was ostensibly in Pennsylvania for Saccone, the rally was as much about the president as it was an underperforming congressional candidate. Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a fundraiser in February in Pennsylvania.
"This guy should win easily", Trump said, pointing to the size of his own victory. State Rep. Rick Saccone (R) has run a lackluster campaign. "It's not a national election".
Lamb is the Democratic Congressional candidate for Pennsylvania's 18th district.
Republicans have already started to place the blame squarely on Saccone should he lose, or narrowly win, on Tuesday.
Democrats and Republicans involved in the race agree on a few things.
But Lamb's local campaign has pulled in more money than Saccone's, and is riding a tide of grassroots enthusiasm that has brought Lamb within striking distance of his more experienced opponent.
Trump said he heard the 33-year-old Lamb was "nice-looking" but said, "I think I'm better-looking than him. I do. I do. I do".
"This should've been handled, by the way, over the last 30 years".
Republican National Committee staffers have reportedly gone door-knocking on his behalf, while the Koch brothers have spent "hundreds of thousands on a mail and field deployment campaign". According to Saccone's March filing with the Federal Election Commission, he raised $703,000 in the first half of 2018.
He couldn't leave without giving voters a preview to his reelection campaign for 2020.