'Steel and business' at stake in Pa. House election

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump

House Democrats are hopeful they can pull of their first major special election upset on Tuesday, steal a heavily Republican blue-collar seat and deepen the GOP's sense of dread over the upcoming midterm elections. I don't think we should play games!' he said.

"Go out, vote for Rick".

Trump said he heard the 33-year-old Lamb was "nice-looking" but said, "I think I'm better-looking than him. I do. I do. I do".

The same report alleged that Trump "often leaps into a passionate speech about how drug dealers are as bad as serial killers and should all get the death penalty", since he believes showing sympathy to drug offenders will never work.

President Donald Trump tweeted about "steel and business" in a final push to sway voters while Donald Trump Jr., visiting a candy-making business, touted Republican Rick Saccone as someone who will be "helping fight with my father" for jobs to come back from overseas. "We have to defeat Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters, a very low IQ individual", Trump said. He said the tariff might have had more of an impact if the announcement had come earlier, and workers could feel some of the benefits.

Saccone is running against Democrat Conor Lamb to represent Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District.

Republicans have, however, managed to hold onto five House seats in special elections a year ago. The special election is to replace Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned previous year.

The race has become an unlikely battleground in a district the president won by over 19 percentage points in 2016. "We need our congressman Saccone". But Trump hopes a strong economy and tax cuts he pushed through Congress in December will help him beat the odds.

Trump delivered "about five minutes" of what had been scripted for Saturday night's rally, a White House official familiar with the speech said.

Trump also spoke at length about stricter penalties for drug dealers, speaking positively of other countries, like China, which impose the death penalty on drug dealers. Trump asked. "The only way to solve the drug problem is through toughness".

Nearly 64,000 Americans died as a result of the opioid crisis in 2016.

This map shows countries with capital punishment for drug offenses in red, and countries that allow the death penalty for drug offenses only in special circumstances in yellow.

The Pennsylvania special election set for this Tuesday is the latest in the slew of surprisingly competitive races.

The Democratic group American Bridge launched a digital ad citing Saccone comments in which he said families should shoulder costs and there was no funding to combat the crisis. The Democrat is also a better fundraiser, having "outraised Saccone by a staggering margin - almost 500 percent".

Both Lamb and Saccone have countered the attacks.

Nearby in this upper-middle-class enclave outside Pittsburgh, engineer Carol Heinecke, 57, offered another absolute reason for supporting Saccone: President Donald Trump.

In a pre-rally tweet, Trump called Saccone "a really good person" who will "help me a lot" on issues like crime, immigration, gun rights and veteran's health.

And while campaigning for him, the former vice president paid Lamb the ultimate compliment: "He reminds me of my son Beau", Biden said, referring to his eldest son who died of brain cancer in 2015.

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