Trump comes to Las Vegas to rally, fundraise, and sign bills
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
His visit to this midterm battleground comes just two weeks after the Vice President was here, more proof we are on the White House election radar with control of Congress teetering in the balance.
“The Trump administration, the Trump family, views Nevada as critical to keeping majorities in the House and Senate,” says conservative talk host Kevin Wall over at 790AM Talk Now.
Two local races, in particular, are getting some Trump TLC: he's holding a fundraiser Friday morning for Dean Heller and Danny Tarkanian.
Heller is locked in a tough and close fight for re-election against Democratic Congresswoman Jacky Rosen. Heller’s race is a top White House priority.
Danny Tarkanian got out of Heller's way at the President’s urging in February to fight for Congressional District 3, a district he nearly won in 2016.
“They see this as the best pickup opportunity for the Republicans of any seat that’s currently being held by the Democrats, and they’re going to come in here to make sure I have the resources to win,” Tarkanian told News 3 Wednesday at his campaign headquarters.
News of the Trump fundraiser was first reported by The Nevada Independent’s Jon Ralston and later confirmed by News 3.
The White House said Wednesday that Trump will also sign appropriations bills Friday morning in Las Vegas for energy and water, military construction and veteran’s affairs, and the Legislative Branch.
Trump whips up his supporters and fires up his opponents.
Progressives gathered Wednesday and rolled out their "progress bus," to talk about issues important to them.
One of them is the Supreme Court nomination fight currently boiling in Washington over Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“And so we know our rights are on the line with this appointment and so we're here to show Trump that we are a united force,” says Lindsey Harmon with Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood.
The main event is Thursday night's rally.
“I think it will be a recitation of promises made, promises kept,” says Kevin Wall. “He’s gonna do the whole rundown from taxes to immigration reform.”
Wall would not be surprised if the President talks about Kavanaugh. The nominee has been hit with charges of sexual assault from a woman that dates back to their time together in high school. Kavanaugh has denied it, and Trump has defended him.
“His message has been a bit muted. It's been restrained. It's been very un-Trumpish, but on the stump, anything can happen,” says Wall.
And so Trump will speak, in a state, he, and Republicans need to win.