Trump to hold Des Moines rally days before Iowa caucuses

Trump to hold Des Moines rally days before Iowa caucuses
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDefense industrial base workers belong at home during this public health crisis Maduro pushes back on DOJ charges, calls Trump 'racist cowboy' House leaders hope to vote Friday on coronavirus stimulus MORE is scheduled to hold a campaign rally in Des Moines days before the Iowa caucuses.

The Trump campaign announced Monday that the rally will take place on Jan. 30 at the Knapp Center at Drake University in Des Moines. The Iowa caucuses will take place on Feb. 3.

The announcement came one day before six Democrats take the stage for the final debate in Iowa before the caucuses. Democratic candidates have spent recent weeks crisscrossing Iowa in preparation for the first nominating contest there.

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Trump won Iowa, traditionally considered a swing state, decisively in 2016, capturing 51 percent of the vote to Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic fears rise again as coronavirus pushes Biden to sidelines Clintons send pizza to NY hospital staff treating coronavirus MyPillow to manufacture masks for hospitals amid coronavirus MORE’s 41 percent.

The Trump campaign touted the country’s low unemployment rate in the state in announcing the rally on Monday.

“Under President Trump, Iowa’s unemployment rate has fallen to just 2.6 percent and 22,000 jobs have been added, including 15,000 manufacturing jobs,” Trump campaign chief operating officer Michael Glassner said in a statement.

“President Trump looks forward to celebrating the good news of the Trump economy and the vast accomplishments of his administration with the Hawkeye State,” Glassner said.

The Jan. 30 event will cap off a slew of rallies for Trump in the first month of 2020 as he seeks to invigorate his supporters in his bid for a second term as president.

Trump is slated to visit Milwaukee for a rally Tuesday evening and will visit the New Jersey district of Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Jefferson Van Drew on Jan. 28.