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Trump plans Billings rally

Posted: 6:30 PM, Aug 29, 2018
Updated: 2019-07-17 14:51:49-04

BILLINGS –  President Trump is coming to Montana, again.

This time in Billings.

The Trump campaign announced Tuesday afternoon that the rally will be at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 6, at MetraPark. The president is expected to discuss the economic growth, the emerging possible trade deal with Mexico and his support for  Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale.

Doors for the upcoming rally will open at 4 p.m.

It will be the second time in two months that the president has visited Montana to campaign for Rosendale, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Jon Tester.

Trump held a campaign rally in Great Falls on July 5. Montana’s two Republican congressional members, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, also attended.

The Trump White House has said the president intends to spend plenty of time campaigning this summer and fall, particularly in states that have competitive U.S. Senate races.

Republicans currently hold a slim 50-to-49 majority in the Senate, but Democrats are defending numerous seats in states won by the president in 2016.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have President Trump back out to Montana in support of our campaign,” Rosendale said in a statement. “The President needs conservative reinforcements to help him secure the border, confirm constitutional justices, and protect our Montana way of life. I stand in strong support of President Trump and his America First agenda.”

Trump won Montana by 20 percentage points and Tester, a Democrat running for a third consecutive term, is considered one of the more vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the nation.

In response, Tester spokesman Luke Jackson welcomed the president back to Montana.

“Unfortunately, this is another partisan political event rather than an opportunity to discuss some of the real issues facing Montanans. Jon Tester has worked relentlessly to get 18 bills signed into law by President Trump, and is fighting to pass a farm bill that works for Montana’s farmers and ranchers, for better infrastructure and schools, and for a strong, secure border. Meanwhile East Coast developer Matt Rosendale continues to hurt Montana families, just like when he rubberstamped 23 percent rate increases on Montanans, when he voted against our veterans, or when he didn’t stand up for more public access to land as a member of the land board,” Jackson said.

He faces Rosendale, the state insurance commissioner, and Libertarian Rick Breckenridge in the general election.

Register for the rally here.

Story by Mike Dennison, MTN News