President’s campaign blitz surpasses predecessors
President Trump is laying his Republican Party leadership on the line in the midterm elections, scheduling a blitz of rallies in the final week of the campaign and launching a $6 million TV ad buy for GOP candidates nationwide.
The president will hold 11 more fundraisers and rallies through Nov. 6, working to make the closing argument for Republicans in Florida, Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia, Ohio, Montana, Tennessee and Georgia.
The campaign appearances will be a combination of getting Republicans out to vote and talking about “our booming economy, free market solutions for health care and the need for a border wall to stem the tide of illegal immigrants,” said Michael Glassner, the Trump campaign’s chief operating officer.
Mr. Trump’s cross-country sprint to Election Day adds up to 53 rallies in 23 states for Republicans in this two-year election cycle — 30 of them after Labor Day. In 2010, President Obama held 27 rallies and fundraisers for Democrats for the midterm elections.
Of the president’s 30 campaign rallies this fall, 11 are in competitive House districts and 19 are in competitive senatorial and gubernatorial races.
The president wanted to “set a record pace that would eclipse his predecessors. He has done just that,” said a person familiar with Mr. Trump’s thinking.
Beyond the fall schedule, the president’s effort has been picking up steadily since late spring, another person in the Trump camp said.
“Unlike most presidents, his midterm effort and focus began months ago,” the person said on the condition of anonymity.
By Election Day, Mr. Trump will have held 70 fundraising events for Republican Party committees and candidates in the two-year cycle.
Mr. Trump’s full-bore effort means he will get either the credit or the blame, depending on election results. The president’s party typically loses congressional seats in the midterm elections, and Democrats need to gain a net of 23 seats to capture the House majority.
In the Senate, most analysts say, Republicans will hold on to its majority and might even gain seats.
The ambitious schedule comes at a politically delicate moment for Mr. Trump. Many on the left, including the media, blame the president’s rhetoric for inciting a supporter who has been charged with mailing pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and a Pittsburgh man charged with killing 11 people at a synagogue. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the accusations “outrageous” and said the president will continue campaigning for his agenda.
“The president is going to continue to draw contrasts, particularly as we go into the final days of an election, the differences between the two parties, particularly on policy differences,” she said.
Asked whether the election is a referendum on the president, Mrs. Sanders said Mr. Trump naturally “wants to see more people who support his policies elected than not.”
“The president has an incredible story to tell. He’s delivered on the promises he’s made,” she told reporters.
The Trump campaign announced one of its biggest expenditures of the year, paying for a 60-second TV ad arguing that the country can’t afford to turn back from economic progress.
President Trump is crossing the country in the days before elections in a blitz of rallies intended to keep Republicans in control of Congress.