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Dueling Economic Messages Preview Midterm Battle Between Trump, Dems

Posted July 24, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Nicole Gaudiano & John Fritze – USA Today)

President Donald Trump and a top House Democrat offered dueling economic messages geared toward the heartland on Monday as both parties sought to appeal to middle-class workers who will decide the midterm election.

Call it an early test of political messaging sure to be honed and amplified in coming months: Trump and other Republicans are touting strong economic growth and last year’s tax cuts while Democrats say the economy is still leaving far too many people behind.

“People are getting by, but they’re not necessarily getting ahead,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md, after completing a months-long listening tour in heartland states, Pennsylvania and Nevada. “And that’s what our country is supposed to do – give everyone a shot at getting ahead.”

Trump weighed in with a “Made in America” event at the White House Monday, ahead of trips this week to Kansas, Illinois and Iowa. Eager to shift the focus away from his interactions with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the president surveyed cowboy boots, snowboards and baseball bats brought to the White House – all of it made in America. Click here to read more.