Thursday, June 13, 2024

Former President Donald Trump to hold rally in Racine next week

From The Journal

Former President Donald Trump will make his third trip to battleground state next week with a campaign event in Racine where he plans to discuss how President Joe Biden "has failed the great people of Wisconsin," according to his campaign.

Trump will hold a rally at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Racine Festival Park, where he will look to target Biden on issues ranging from the economy to border security and crime, topics the former president has highlighted in previous campaign stops.

"Bidenomics has created suffering for families in Wisconsin," Trump's campaign said in a statement announcing next week's visit.

With the economy and inflation a common talking point among voters, the Biden campaign has been touting his administration's efforts to forgive student loan debt and expand eligibility to overtime pay for salaried workers.

U.S. inflation eased in May for the second straight month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

All told, grocery costs remained unchanged, on average, from April to May, after falling by .2% the previous month. Food prices have increased by 1% over the last 12 months, but remain up about 20% compared with three years ago.

Gas prices have also dropped 3.6% nationally from April to May, but remain 2.2% higher than a year ago.

Trump and Biden appear to be in a neck-and-neck matchup in the battleground state, according to a Marquette Law School poll released in April.

The poll showed 51% of respondents — including both registered and likely voters — backed Trump, while 49% supported Biden, well within the poll's 4.8% margin of error.

Polling in early November found Biden receiving support from 50% of respondents, compared with 48% for Trump. In February, polling was deadlocked in Wisconsin with both candidates receiving 49%.

Trump previously held rallies in Green Bay in April and Waukesha last month.

Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and several surrogates have made multiple trips to Wisconsin this year. Biden and Harris have each visited the state four times this year. First lady Jill Biden will make her fourth visit to the state with an event in Green Bay on Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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