In tight Pa. House race, Republican leans on Trump and his base

Frederick Owens
March 13, 2018

Trump said he thinks the North wants to have peace. He repeatedly referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Oprah Winfrey. "I don't know if we're ready - I don't know if this country's ready for it".

Trump spent a lot of time talking about his own fortunes in a "Make America Great Again" rally for Saccone in an airport hangar at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

The president said he's decided on a slogan for his 2020 re-election campaign.

But, the president warned, "we can only do that if we elect people who are going to back our agenda", repeatedly urging his backers to support Saccone and stave off an upset by Democrat Conor Lamb in a district the president won by 20 percentage points over Hillary Clinton.

Public polling ahead of the Tuesday election has shown Saccone neck-and-neck with Lamb, a former federal prosecutor and Marine.

"Here's the problem: As soon as he gets in, he's not going to vote for us", Trump also said of Lamb. He also avoids criticizing Trump.

Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ron Johnson (R-WI) questions Kirstjen Nielsen (unseen) on her nomination to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, U.S., November 8, 2017.

Republicans have poured millions of dollars into Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, a House district on the western edge of the state that borders West Virginia, in an attempt to ensure this bit of Trump country doesn't slip away in a special election Tuesday. He said if he runs again - which is "almost positive" - that he can't use his "Make America Great Again" tag line. Big & happy crowd (why not, some of the best economic numbers ever).

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Hours before "Saturday Night Live" aired, Donald Trump was serving up some of his own comedy.

While aides pondered details of the meeting - and say it may not happen unless Kim takes affirmative steps - Trump expressed confidence in tweets as well as at the Pennsylvania rally. Human rights groups and the United Nations have condemned Duterte's vigilante-style campaign that has left thousands of suspected drug dealers and users dead. "Time and place to be determined".

During his address, he also discussed nuclear arms negotiations with North Korea. "The promise is they wouldn't be shooting off missiles in the meantime, and they're looking to de-nuke", he said. "Yeah, we do", Saccone said as he came to the stage this weekend.

It might be legally possible to make more drug-related offenses capital crimes in the USA, but critics of harsher penalties for drug offenders point out that such a policy could backfire and worsen the epidemic.

Besides Trump's visits, the White House has jumped in with one by adviser Kellyanne Conway and a stop planned Monday by Donald Trump Jr.

According to the Guardian, he began the segment by praising the criminal justice system in China - and even said he got the idea for the "discussion" from Chinese President Xi Jinping. "Steel is back. And aluminum is back", he proclaimed.

For his part, Saccone was thrilled to have the president's help. Trump said he got 52 percent of the women's vote, which is mostly true if you count only white women, which are apparently the only kind of women the president was focused on.

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