President Trump campaigns for Andy Barr in Richmond
RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ/AP) – President Donald Trump continued his trip around the country to promote the campaigns of GOP candidates for Congress with a stop in Richmond Saturday night to stump for 6th District incumbent, Andy Barr, who is seeking his fourth term.
President Trump says Barr is a “fantastic guy” whose vote he needs to make America great again.
Barr is facing a strong challenge from Democrat Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot.
President Trump says Andy Barr is strong on crime, tax cuts, the military, veterans and the Second Amendment. He added that McGrath “will never vote for us” and that Barr has his “Strongest Endorsement.”
Amy McGrath sent out a one line statement following President Trump’s speech. It read, “Mr. President, you clearly don’t know me. Yet.”
This race is one of the most closely watched in the nation. Democrats are focusing on the seat in their drive to win back control of the House. Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned for McGrath in Bath County on Friday.
During his rally in Richmond Saturday night, President Trump led a rousing cheer for Kentucky’s senior senator, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell returned the compliment, asking the president to continue nominating judges for the federal bench so the GOP-led Senate can keep confirming them.
Trump brought the state’s other U.S. senator, Rand Paul to the stage, who pointed out how supportive the president has been of one of his health care proposals.
During his speech, Trump warned that Democrats only want to obstruct and are the party of crime and open borders.
He rattled off his administration’s accomplishments, leading with the low unemployment rate. He also assured Kentuckians that coal has come back.
The rally was held at Alumni Coliseum on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. There were crowds of supporters and opponents outside the coliseum before and during the speech.
President Trump’s rally sparked opposition long before he arrived at EKU. Scores of faculty and staff members said in a letter to the school’s president and board of regents that Trump’s campaign has attacked the values that are central to higher education.