Pres­i­dent’s cam­paign blitz sur­passes pre­de­ces­sors

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY DAVE BOYER

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.

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