Trump-Pence’s post-primary go to moved to GOP-friendly Elkhart, Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS – President Trump and Vice President Pence are moving their post-primary visit to Indiana to a location with more seating, all the larger, to begin their campaign attacks on Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly.
According to a press release from the Trump pence re-election campaign, the rally will be moved from South Bend to Elkhart to “accommodate more Hoosiers”.
The event begins on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the gym of the North Side Middle School in Elkhart.
Trump will use the event – scheduled shortly after Indiana’s primaries on Tuesday – to encourage voters to replace Donnelly in November, the press release said.
The President will “remind voters of their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to support his America First agenda with an expanded GOP majority in this fall Senate election by promoting Senator Joe Donnelly through our GOP candidate,” Michael Glassner, a Trump re-election campaign , replaced representatives, said in a statement.
Trump promised last year to fight Donnelly “like you wouldn’t believe” unless Donnelly voted for the president’s tax plan. In December he joined all Democrats.
The Republicans see Donnelly’s Senate seat as one of their best opportunities to expand their small Senate majority.
But the GOP may have its own problems after a bloody primary that has puzzled all of the Republican Senate candidates – Mike Braun, Luke Messer and Todd Rokita.
GOP voters will pick one of them as a Republican candidate on Tuesday to question Donnelly’s re-election efforts in November.
Trump’s rally will take place on Donnelly’s home lawn near his Granger home.
When asked about Trump’s visit, Donnelly campaign manager Peter Hanscom noted last week that Donnelly had voted with Trump about two-thirds of the time last year – but not for the GOP tax cut because he thought it was an overall bad deal for Hoosiers .
“Joe is happy to have the president and former governor back in our state,” Hanscom said in a statement. “If you want to get into politics, May Indiana is a great time and place to do it.”
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