Coming along with news that critical segments of Pennsylvania are rooting for opponent Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump sent two of his closest allies out into the Philadelphia suburbs on Thursday. With time running short on this election cycle and November 8th looming ever closer, the Republican candidate is trying hard to run damage control following a 2005 video from backstage at “Access Hollywood” in which Trump admitted to groping women and used vulgar, sexist language. Ivanka Trump and Trump’s running mate Mike Pence canvassed the all-important Philly suburbs, trying to sway voters and send a positive message about Donald Trump.
Ivanka Trump hosted a series of “Coffee With Ivanka” talks in Chester County; Drexel Hill, Delaware County; and Ivyland, Bucks County. The would-be First Daughter ran late for all of the events thanks to a delayed landing due to fog at Philadelphia International Airport. The late landing set her back by about 80 minutes, causing a domino effect on her packed schedule. Notably, Trump declined actual coffee at the first two events, opting for water instead.
At the talks, Trump discussed her father’s family care initiatives. NBC10 quoted one of her soundbytes: “I got very excited when the campaign and I started to talk about some of these ideas… that hopefully would start to eliminate big systematic issues such as gender equality.”
Trump’s final stop of the day was speaking at the Montgomery County Republican Committee’s dinner starting at 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel along Mall Boulevard in Montgomery County. The event carried at $125-per-person or $200-per-couple cost.
Meanwhile, Mike Pence spoke to Lehigh Valley Republicans at two events. The Indiana governor first addressed crowds at the 3rd annual RepublicanFest reception in Orefield at 6 p.m. He put the finishing touches on his Philadelphia visit by addressing the Northampton County Republican Committee’s Chairman’s Dinner at Hotel Bethlehem at 7 p.m.
A recent Bloomberg poll showed Trump trailing Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state worth 20 electoral votes. He lagged particularly in the Philadelphia suburbs, which are normally a Republican niche. Both Clinton and Trump have returned to the Philadelphia area again and again in past weeks.