Trump set to re­turn to Delco on Thurs­day

Thou­sands are ex­pected at the Sun Cen­ter Stu­dios for cam­paign rally

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Rick Kauff­man rkauff­man@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Kauf­fee_DT on Twit­ter

Don­ald Trump will re­turn to Delaware County at 7 p.m. Thurs­day where a crowd of 5,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to see the GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date speak at the Sun Cen­ter Stu­dios in Chester Town­ship.

All this week the oft-di­vi­sive, self-pro­claimed realestate-ty­coon-turned-po­lit­i­cal-out­sider vis­its three states cru­cial to win­ning the pres­i­dency: Florida, Ohio and Penn­syl­va­nia.

Last week, Trump trav­eled to the As­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­ter where he laid out a plan to give in­come tax de­duc­tions to work­ing moth­ers to cover day care and re­lated costs for chil­dren from birth un­til the age of 13. How­ever, Trump did lit­tle to pri­or­i­tize the im­por­tance of speak­ing in Delaware County, the third­largest county in Penn­syl­va­nia. It’s long been ruled by Repub­li­cans but now has a Demo­cratic voter-regis­tra­tion edge; it has gone for every Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date since 1992.

Lo­cal Repub­li­can Party lead­ers say they find Trump’s fo­cus on pol­icy is­sues en­cour­ag­ing.

“On pol­icy is­sues, those peo­ple who want to im­prove the econ­omy are com­ing around to Trump, they care about for­eign pol­icy and im­mi­gra­tion, and a bal­anced Supreme Court,” said Delaware County Repub­li­can Chair­man Andy Reilly. “A huge amount of peo­ple have been turned off by the elite and po­lit­i­cal class of Hil­lary Clin­ton.”

“He’s not a sil­ver-tongued politi­cian; (he’s con­cerned) with pol­icy.”

Demo­cratic op­po­nent Hil­lary Clin­ton spoke in Philadel­phia on Monday where she aimed to ap­peal to mil­len­nial vot­ers and touched on the top­ics of en­trepreneuri­al­ism and com­bat­ing is­sues of gun vi­o­lence in ur­ban set­tings. Clin­ton’s cam­paign ac­knowl­edged it has to work harder to ap­peal to younger vot­ers.

“I cer­tainly would an­tic­i­pate a visit from Hil­lary, Tim Kaine or oth­ers to Delaware County,” said David Lan­dau, chair­man for the Delaware County Demo­cratic Party. “Trump ob­vi­ously knows that Penn­syl­va­nia is a bat­tle­ground state for him, he knows Delaware County is a bat­tle­ground and if he gets clob­bered here he’ll lose the state.”

In As­ton, Trump spoke to a few hun­dred peo­ple in­side the com­mu­nity cen­ter where he failed to men­tion Clin­ton by name in the course of a half-hour-long speech to lo­cal and re­gional sup­port­ers. At the Sun Cen­ter Stu­dios in Chester Town­ship, Reilly said more than 2,000 peo­ple have al­ready signed up to at­tend the rally. But Lan­dau con­tended that the venue per­pet­u­ates Trump’s lim­it­ing of ac­cess to his cam­paign.

“They (the Repub­li­cans) don’t want to ex­pose him, they want to give him lim­ited ex­po­sure,” Lan­dau said. “It’s in a com­pletely con­fined en­vi­ron­ment where you don’t need to see peo­ple who dis­agree with you.”

Out­side the venue in As­ton last week, never Trumpers and lo­cal Democrats turned out in droves look­ing to drive the can­di­date out of town.

“Sub­ur­ban Philadel­phia is not buy­ing what Trump is sell­ing,” said Demo­cratic state At­tor­ney Gen­eral can­di­date Josh Shapiro. “They look at Trump and they don’t like what they see.”

Reilly claimed that while Penn­syl­va­nia hasn’t gone the Repub­li­cans’ way in the Elec­toral Col­lege since 1988, de­spite Ge­orge W. Bush win­ning the pres­i­dency in 2000 and be­ing re­elected in 2004, Penn­syl­va­nia re­mains a swing state in the gen­eral elec­tion.

“Delaware County is not a straight ticket poll, they’re ticket split­ters,” Reilly said. “I think they Repub­li­can vot­ers are more open­minded.”

For Lan­dau and the Democrats, Trump’s per­ceived last-ditch ef­fort to win the com­mon­wealth is too lit­tle, too late.

“It’s very dif­fi­cult (for Repub­li­cans) to win Penn­syl­va­nia,” Lan­dau said. “And if he wins Penn­syl­va­nia but loses Florida and Ohio, there’s no way he can win.”

Polls have shown Clin­ton with a con­sis­tent lead in the state. The lat­est sur­vey, a Muh­len­berg Col­lege/ Morn­ing Call poll re­leased over the week­end, has Clin­ton en­joy­ing a 9-point lead over Trump — 47-38 per­cent. The poll had a mar­gin of er­ror of 5.5 per­cent

Those in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing to en­ter the rally can browse through the Trump web­site and re­quest free tick­ets to the event. That ap­pli­ca­tion can be found here: https://www.don­ald­jtrump.com/sched­ule/reg­is­ter/chester-pa.

RICK KAUFF­MAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

GOP pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Don­ald Trump was joined by daugh­ter Ivanka Trump at a cam­paign stop in As­ton last week.

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