Trump Floats Delivering RNC Acceptance Speech in Gettysburg
President Donald Trump may deliver his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination later this month in the Keystone State.
Trump sent out a tweet on Monday afternoon saying that he will deliver the speech on the final night of the convention in either the Great Battlefield of Gettysburg or at the White House in Washington D.C.
“We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations – The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C. We will announce the decision soon!,” Trump wrote in the tweet.
We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations – The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C. We will announce the decision soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020
Trump’s acceptance speech for the party nomination is scheduled for Aug. 27, which is the final day of the Republican National Convention. Most of the convention will be virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Former Congressman Lou Barletta, a Trump ally, will be the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Delegates at the Republican National Convention.
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party sent out a statement saying that Pennsylvania families won’t care about the speech and cited a few policy differences.
“Instead of firing off tweets, Trump ought to deliver on a national testing strategy, abandon his reckless executive orders which would slash Social Security and cut weekly unemployment benefits for struggling workers, and stop blocking necessary funding for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing,” said Pennsylvania Democratic Party Executive Director Jason Henry. “Until he does that, Pennsylvania families won’t care about his political speeches.”
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from the Pennsylvania Republican Party on the possibility of Trump delivering the address in the state.
Trump’s last in-person appearance in Pennsylvania was when he spoke for 30 minutes at a medical equipment distribution center in the Lehigh Valley in mid-May. His last virtual event in the state was on August 1 when he held a PA-centric tele-rally.
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s most recent visit to the state was in early July in Lackawanna County to discuss his economic agenda following the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Jill Biden and Sen. Bob Casey discussed the safe reopening of Pennsylvania’s schools in a virtual campaign visit to Pittsburgh on July 28.
The Real Clear Politics average shows Biden besting Trump by 5 points in Pennsylvania.