A bus tour through the rustbelt.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will be stopping in Pittsburgh on Thursday, July 11 to begin a two day tour bus tour in three states that President Barack Obama won twice, but flipped to President Donald Trump in 2016. The tour that begins in Pittsburgh and ends in Lansing, MI is being labeled the “Trump Broken Promises” bus tour.
INBOX: @SenGillibrand announces “Trump Broken Promises” bus tour
Tour starts in Pittsburgh, ends in Lansing, MI
Stops in: northeast Ohio, Cleveland, Flint, and Oakland County, MI. pic.twitter.com/emk9LGhgz1
— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) July 3, 2019
“The ‘Trump Broken Promises Tour,’ will shine a bright light on the president’s abject failure to keep his word to the American people on kitchen table issues that impact their lives each day,” Gillibrand said in a release. “We’ll head to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan to highlight Trump’s empty promises on issues like drug prices, jobs and gun violence prevention with policy solutions that will actually deliver for working people. To beat President Trump, you have to have the courage and toughness to go toe-to-toe with him and call out his lies on the issues.”
She’ll participate in a roundtable event with health care workers to discuss the pharmaceutical industry and prescription drug prices starting at 10 am on Thursday in Pittsburgh.
In addition to her upcoming appearance in Pittsburgh, the Gillibrand campaign has released a 30 second television and digital ads to air in the Pittsburgh market. The 30 second spot, “I Promise” attacks Trump’s record on manufacturing, drug prices, and infrastructure in an effort to appeal to Obama-Trump voters.
The Pennsylvania GOP fired back at the ad calling Gillibrand “too extreme for voters” and lauded Trump’s record on the economy in the state.
“Sen. Kristen Gillibrand is polling at two percent because she has no cognizable record of achievement and is too extreme for voters,” said PAGOP Communications Director Jason Gottesman. “Maybe it’s time Sen. Gillibrand focused on not being the next socialist to drop out of the 2020 Democrat Presidential race instead of creating false narratives that further divide this country.”
Gillibrand becomes the fifth 2020 Democratic hopeful set to campaign in the state, and the third candidate to stop in Pittsburgh. Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke was the first to hold a rally in State College in March. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) made a swing through the state that included appearances in Pittsburgh, Bethlehem for a Fox News town hall, and Luzerne County in April. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) participated in a town hall in Northeast Philadelphia with members of the American Federation of Teachers touting her education plan in May. Former Vice President Joe Biden held his first public event in Pittsburgh at a Teamster Hall, while taking on Philadelphia for his official “campaign kickoff rally” in May.
An Emerson College poll conducted in late March had Gillibrand garnering 2% of the vote for Democratic primary voters in the state. A Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll conducted in April did not include Gillibrand in the eight Democratic candidate options presented. Both polls showed Biden besting Trump by roughly 10 points.
Pa. holds its 2020 primary on April 28, right at the midpoint of the Democratic calendar.
This story was updated to include the television ad from the Gillibrand campaign and a comment from the Pennsylvania GOP.