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Trump touts Republican slate in I-X Center appearance (VIDEO, UPDATED)

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    A large crowd listens as President Trump calls out the media at the IX Center in Cleveland.

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    President Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd at the IX Center in Cleveland.

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    A large crowd listens as President Trump speaks at the IX Center in Cleveland.

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CLEVELAND — President Donald Trump believes the past two years have been “the greatest political movement” in the history of the nation but warned Republicans that everything his administration has accomplished is at stake when voters enter the voting booths today.

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The president made a campaign stop at the International Exposition Center in Cleveland on Monday afternoon to stump for Republican candidates the day before today’s general election.

“What we’ve done — this is the greatest political movement of all time in this country,” Trump said. “It’s an incredible time in America. Jobs are soaring. Wages are rising. Poverty is plummeting, and more Americans today are working than ever before in the history of our nation. No administration in its first two years has ever done what this administration has done.

“Everything we have created is at stake on Election Day. If the radical Democrats take power, they will take a wrecking ball to our economy and to our future.”

Though Trump isn’t up for re-election until 2020, he said in a way it’s as if he’s on the ballot because if Republicans lose control of Congress, it will hamper his administration.

Several candidates running for office across the state attended the rally, including gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Renacci and Congressional hopeful and former Ohio State football standout Anthony Gonzalez.

Trump showed his support for DeWine while criticizing his opponent, Democrat Richard Cordray, whom the president claimed to have fired from his position as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray was appointed by President Barack Obama to the position in 2012 and resigned in 2017.

The governor’s race is considered a close one — likely the reason Trump made an appearance in Cleveland on the night before the election.

“Mike DeWine, boy he’s great. I know his opponent, and he’s a disaster,” Trump said. “There’s some Democrats that are fine. This guy Cordray is a bad guy, not a good person, and he’s hurt a lot of people. What he’s done to people is a disgrace. I hope he loses for two reasons: Mike DeWine will be a great governor, and Cordray is a bad guy who will do a terrible job.”

Immigration was discussed by many of the candidates during the rally, often to chants from the crowd to “Build the wall!”

“They want to repeal the tax cuts. They want to raise taxes. They want an open border,” Gibbs said of Democrats. “They want to support sanctuary cities. They want to abolish (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). As President Trump says, all they want is crime, and that’s what we’ll have — more crime.”

The president agreed.

“They will try to raise your taxes, restore job-killing regulations, shut down your coal mines and steel mills, take away your health care and put illegal aliens before American citizens,” Trump said. “If you want more caravans and more crime, vote Democrat. If you want borders and safe communities, vote Republican.”

Thousands of supporters attended the rally Monday. Trump said there were more than 10,000 in attendance inside the I-X Center with thousands more outside that couldn’t get in because of a lack of space, although that number was not verified.

Trump said voters have a clear choice Election Day.

“When you enter the voting booth on Tuesday, you will be making a simple choice,” he said. “A vote for Republicans is a vote to continue our extraordinary prosperity, our extraordinary journey together. A vote for Democrats is a vote to bring this economic boom crashing to a sudden halt. The Democrat agenda is a socialist nightmare for our country.”

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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