Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Trump Says He Needs Rick Saccone Ahead of Pennsylvania Special Election

Trump Says He Needs Rick Saccone Ahead of Pennsylvania Special Election

Supporters wave signs as US President Donald Trump speaks in support of Republican congressional candidate Rick Sacconne during a Make America Great Again rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, March 10, 2018.

The rally at an airport outside of Pittsburgh was designed as a way for the president to boost Saccone before the election that could offer a forecast of November's midterm elections.

Trump also announced his new re-election campaign slogan: "Keep America Great, exclamation point". Most Republicans on Capitol Hill oppose the Trump tariffs. Trump endorsed Saccone in January, and outside Republican groups have spent more than $10 million on the race in support of Saccone, who's weak fundraising numbers have seen him outraised by Lamb by almost five-to-one in the first seven weeks of the year.

Casting himself as a Democrat independent from the national party, Lamb has pledged not to vote for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as speaker if the Democrats take the house.

Trump also railed against top Democrats rumored to be considering a presidential bid in 2020.

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For a few moments Saturday, Trump gave voters a glimpse into the alternate universe where he's a traditional, cautious and scripted commander in chief. "They should be ready for it", Trump said, suggesting that the USA should adopt similar repercussions.

"Don't forget, this got us elected", Mr. Trump said. He told the audience of his fantasy of running against Oprah Winfrey in 2020, declaring, "Wouldn't we love to run against Oprah?"

"I'd like to meet him", Debich says. "I'll see him at the Trump rally".

Fearing another special election embarrassment, the White House was sending Trump to rally the party's core backers. He called Mr. Lamb "smart" for backing the Trump administration's punitive tariffs on foreign steel, a policy the president called "my baby". "The increasing frequency of limitless injunctions is simply unsustainable, and the ever-more extreme nature of some of these injunctions is only making it more obvious just how unconstitutional they are", Sessions said in a speech at the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group. He said the tariff might have had more of an impact if the announcement had come earlier, and workers could feel some of the benefits.

Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District has an estimated 17,000 steelworkers and nearly 90,000 voters from union households.

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"We love Trump", one man yelled.

In private, Trump has repeatedly endorsed Singapore's policy of executing drug dealers as well, with the Post reporting, "Singaporean representatives have briefed senior White House officials on their country's drug policies, which include treatment and education, but also the death penalty, and they provided a PowerPoint presentation on that country's laws".

Both are looking to replace Republican Tim Murphy, a publicly pro-life elected official who resigned a year ago after he reportedly encouraged his mistress to get an abortion.

Murphy, an eight-term congressman who had union support, never had a close election and had no Democratic challenger in his last two elections. But Saccone has struggled with his own fundraising and hasn't run as aggressive a campaign as Lamb, prompting criticism from Republicans in Washington. But he said he thinks he's better looking, and added that Saccone "is handsome", too. He raged against Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto for refusing to pay for a border wall: "I said: 'Are you crazy?'". RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel will join President Trump at the rally to show support for Saccone.

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