"And to all the military out there, we respect you very much, thank you", Trump said mockingly. Hitting peak campaign mode for himself, he revived many of his favorite 2016 riffs and even touted his planned 2020 slogan, "Keep America Great!" "He's never going to vote for us". He also enthusiastically supports President Donald Trump. I don't want to meet him. Democrats must flip 24 GOP-held seats to claim a House majority, and an upset will embolden them as they look to win in places where the party has lost ground in recent decades. A victory in such a Republican-leaning district would boost their hopes and renew GOP concerns of a bad November.
Because it's widely seen as a barometer of Trump country politics ahead of the crucial 2018 midterm elections. (The move is widely unpopular among members of his own party.) The working-class district is home to roughly 17,000 voters who are either steelworkers or their relatives, the sorts of folks Trump pledged to prioritize during his presidential campaign. "He'll say, 'You know the Chinese and Filipinos don't have a drug problem".
Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns for Conor Lamb, right, the Democratic candidate for the March 13 special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, during a rally in Collier, Pa., March 6, 2018. Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District has an estimated 17,000 steelworkers and nearly 90,000 voters from union households.
Critics have said the tariffs could trigger retaliatory trade measures and damage the U.S. economy. He sidestepped the fact that most of his own party's leaders oppose tariffs, as well.
Trump made similar comments at a White House summit late last month, presenting the execution of drug traffickers as a means of stemming the opioid epidemic.
Saccone, has received almost $10.3 million support from super PACs and outside groups, including $3.3 million from the House-aligned super-PAC called the Congressional Leadership Fund and $3.5 million from the official election arm of the House Republican conference. Murphy, a Republican, had served the district since 2003 and resigned from the House last October after admitting to an extramarital affair.
Murphy, an eight-term congressman who had union support, never had a close election and had no Democratic challenger in his last two elections.
Republicans privately agree, even as they look to pin the blame mostly on Saccone and downplay what it would mean to lose a deep red, culturally conservative district after a brutal loss in an Alabama Senate race late previous year, a beat-down in Virginia's gubernatorial race, dozens of losses of state legislative seats and a number of close calls in House special elections.
Trump acknowledged those dynamics, noting talk of Lamb as a handsome candidate.
He said if turnout was high that would "absolutely" be good for Saccone.
For his part, Saccone was thrilled to have the president's help. Then, after Moore won the primary despite multiple sexual assault allegations, Trump endorsed Moore - but hedged once again before the special election, holding a December rally not in Alabama but a few miles across the border in Pensacola, Florida. "There's no one that I would rather have in my corner that President Trump". "If I came like a stiff, you guys wouldn't be here tonight".