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President Trump Is Speaking In Center City On Tuesday

The mid-term stumping is really heating up.


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President Donald Trump (Wikimedia Commons).

Donald Trump will return to Philadelphia for the first time in more than a year on Tuesday.

The president is set to speak at the National Electrical Contractors Association’s yearly gathering at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. According to a media advisory that went out over the weekend, Trump is scheduled to appear at 2:30 p.m, and the event will be live streamed at whitehouse.gov.

Trump’s speech will cap off the convention, which began on September 28th. The president will reportedly deliver remarks to an audience of 10,000 electrical contractors, electricians and apprentices from across the country. He is expected to talk about the economy, tax reform and the importance of apprenticeships.

Trump is also likely to stump for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lou Barletta, whom NECA endorsed last month. The trade association’s political action committee has donated $10,000 to Barletta’s Senate campaign this year — and $19,000 to Barletta’s U.S. House campaign since 2012, according to federal campaign finance reports.

The president has yet to visit Philly to rally for candidates ahead of this year’s mid-term elections — though he stopped by Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in early August to campaign with Barletta.

Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, has appeared in Philadelphia twice this year to support Barletta, as well as Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner. (Wagner is set to debate Gov. Tom Wolf in Hershey on Monday night — an event that Jeopardy host Alex Trebek will monitor.)

The latest poll from Franklin & Marshall College, conducted between September 17th and 23rd, shows incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Casey holding a strong lead over Barletta and the same for Wolf over Wagner, but there are still a lot of undecided voters.

Because this is Philadelphia and because Trump is Trump, protests have been planned. Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to swarm Broad and Arch streets, outside of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a Facebook event page.