Undeterred Trump to tout economy in ‘toss-up’ New Hampshire despite stock tumble

Roll Call | 8/15/2019 | John T. Bennett
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A White House official grimaced slightly Wednesday as a cable news chyron showed stocks plummeting, potentially undercutting President Donald Trump’s Thursday plans to say his stewardship of a strong economy should help earn him a second term.

Trump will make another campaign-trail pitch to voters Thursday evening in what his aides see as a likely 2020 battleground state that could be a photo finish next November: New Hampshire.

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His rally in Manchester will mark yet another early reelection tour stop in an expected or possible battleground state. Since last fall’s midterms, he has headlined campaign events in Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida (twice), Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Ohio.

Trump on Thursday morning told a New Hampshire radio station he has no plans to dial back his economic message.

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“We’ll be talking about the economy. The economy is phenomenal right now. With a normalized interest rate, we’re doing phenomenal,” he said, taking another shot at the Federal Reserve over a rate hike early in his term. “We had couple of bad days, but we’re going to have good days because we had to take on China.”

Trump campaign aides signaled he will tie the state’s employment level to his policies.

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“The New Hampshire economy is roaring in the Trump economy with one of the lowest unemployment rates in the entire nation at 2.5 percent — the lowest it’s been since 1988,” said Daniel Bucheli, a deputy Trump-Pence campaign press secretary. “President Trump is turning the tide on the opioid epidemic and will keep fighting to end this scourge affecting New Hampshire families and communities.”

The White House official chatted with a reporter Wednesday while staring intently at a television screen mounted on an office wall with a concerned look.

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“I can’t say anyone is running around this building screaming alarm bells,” the official said. “But I’m not going to say...
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