President Donald Trump will visit Hershey on Dec. 10 for a rally at the Giant Center.
In a release about the upcoming “Keep America Great” rally, Trump’s campaign boasted about his economic agenda for Pennsylvanians.
“Pennsylvania is booming thanks to President Trump and jobs are coming back to the state,” the release said. “President Trump is delivering on his promises, and he looks forward to celebrating those successes with the great men and women of Pennsylvania.”
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have each made multiple trips each in the keystone state this year to boost the administration’s agenda. Trump’s most recent visit in Pennsylvania was in late October when he provided the keynote address at the annual Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh, touting his administration’s record on energy policies. Just two days prior to Trump’s address was also Pence’s most recent visit in the state when he toured Schott North America Inc. in Luzerne County in an effort to boost support for the USMCA trade pact. Both Trump and Pence’s last visits in the state were billed as official White House visits, although they occasionally threw jabs during their speeches at 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls.
The Pennsylvania Republican Party said in a statement that they welcome Trump back into the state and specifically cite the recent victory of Megan King on the Superior Court, who Trump tweeted out an endorsement of prior to the May primary, and other court houses.
“We are especially proud to welcome him after securing victories this past election by sending Megan McCarthy King to the PA Superior Court and controlling a record 54 Court Houses statewide,”said Charlie O’Neill, PAGOP Deputy Executive Director. “Pennsylvanians are excited to re-elect President Trump because he kept his promises. We can think of no better way to wrap up 2019 and energize our base heading into the 2020 election.”
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued a press release saying that Trump has broken his promises to Pennsylvanians, believing that he hasn’t put working families first.
“Since he took office, President Trump has broken promise after promise and joined with Washington Republicans to harm hardworking families,” said Andres Anzola, Pennsylvania Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director. “Pennsylvanians have endured nearly three years of attacks on their health care, rising drug costs and giveaways to the wealthiest Americans. Unlike Trump, Pennsylvania Democrats put working families first — we are energized, unified, and already working around the clock to ensure he is defeated next November.”
While keeping Pennsylvania in the win column is critical to Trump’s reelection effort, multiple recent polls show Trump in a tight race in hypothetical head to head matchups with the Democratic presidential frontrunners.
A Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll released last week shows Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden by 9 points, and trailing both Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders by 5 points in a hypothetical showdown in Pennsylvania. Earlier in November, a New York Times/Siena College poll showed Trump trailing Biden by 3 points among registered voters, behind Sanders by 1 point, and tied with Warren in Pennsylvania, although all results were within the margin of error.
This story was updated with comments from the Pennsylvania Democratic and Republican Party’s.