YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Just weeks after his opponent was in Youngstown, and days after he appeared in Canton for a fundraiser, Donald Trump will be in the Mahoning Valley next week.
The Republican presidential nominee will make a campaign stop at Youngstown State University on Monday, and is expected to give what’s being described as a foreign policy speech about how he will combat terrorism.
A representative of YSU said the event will take place inside the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center, where he is scheduled to begin speaking at 2 p.m.
The event is strictly invitation-only. Only those with valid news credentials or event documents will be able to get into the venue and parking area.
“This is not going to be a rally per se, it’s gonna be actually a foreign affairs address,” said Columbiana County’s Republican Chair Dave Johnson.
Johnson said he’s learned Donald Trump will appear at YSU along with running mate Mike Pence and his wife.
“I know the party chairmen in this area are each being given the opportunity to bring folks to this event, and I assume people from Youngstown State as well,” Johnson said.
The head of YSU’s Political Science Department said Trump knows how important the Valley is in winning Ohio in November.
“He has to do what Reagan did, and what Reagan did is cross 40 percent. So if Trump’s able to cross 40 percent here, it’s pretty much over, probably, for the Democrats,” Sracic said.
Sracic also thinks that same strategy may be at play in western Pennsylvania, where Trump appeared Friday afternoon in Erie and Friday night in Altoona.
“The types of voters we have in Youngstown, blue collar voters, working class voters, those are also the voters that are very important to Trump in Pennsylvania,” Sracic said.
Sracic claims if Trump can’t win both Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as Florida, he probably won’t win in November.
Mahoning County Republican Party Chairman Mark Munroe did not know beforehand about Trump’s visit, saying the Trump campaign operates autonomous from local campaigns.
Dave Betras, Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman, released the following statement on Trump’s visit:
Trump likes to talk about putting America first, but he never did that as a businessman. Trump outsourced his own business products instead of making them in Ohio factories or anywhere else in the United States. Trump ties are made in China. Trump shirts in Bangladesh. Trump furniture in Turkey. Trump picture frames in India. And Trump barware in Slovenia. I hope he’s here to explain himself because he can’t make America great again if he doesn’t make things in America.
A March appearance at the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport in Vienna was the last time Trump stopped in the area. The Trump visit isn’t the first of its kind at YSU though, Republican John McCain made two appearances back in 2008.