Midterms 2018

Trump on Election Eve: ‘Everything We Have Achieved Is at Stake’

Ahead of midterms, president urges voters to embrace 'the American dream,' keep Congress in GOP hands

President Donald Trump is offered his closing arguments to American voters on Monday as he urges them to keep Republicans in power and refuse to allow Democrats to “take a wrecking ball to our economy and to our future.”

The stakes could not be higher ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections — and Trump knows it.

The president, who planned to visit three key states the day before the midterms, told voters in Cleveland, Ohio, that the record progress his administration has made in less than two years could all be undone if Democrats gain the upper hand.

“But what we’ve done in less than two years — no president or administration, in his first two years, has done anywhere near what this administration has done. And they know it,” Trump said. “But everything we have created and achieved is at stake on Election Day.”

“If the radical Democrats take power, they will take a wrecking ball to our economy and to our future,” Trump warned.

Although Republicans are poised to maintain their majority in the Senate while potentially picking up a couple of seats, Democrats are widely favored to retake the House, according to pollsters.

But anything is possible, and both Republicans and Democrats are bracing for every outcome.

“When you enter the voting booth on Tuesday, you will be making a simple choice. A vote for Republicans is a vote to continue our extraordinary prosperity, our extraordinary journey together,” Trump said.

“A vote for Democrats is a vote to bring this economic boom crashing to a sudden halt.”

Insisting that the Democratic agenda is a “socialist nightmare for our country,” Trump touted the Republican agenda as “the American dream.”

In particular, the president emphasized the good news that arose from the U.S. Department of Labor’s October jobs report, which was released Friday.

Approximately 250,000 new jobs were added to the economy in October, bringing the total number of new jobs to 4.5 million since November 2016.

The report also showed that employment in this country has hit a record high of 156,562,000.

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“We’re bringing back the American dream. In the last month alone, we added 250,000 jobs. These are beautiful brand new, spanking new jobs in the month of October. We brought back nearly half a million people and we brought them into the workforce. And they are so happy,” Trump said. “The unemployment rate is the lowest level in 50 years. You saw it on Friday. You saw the numbers.”

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also urged GOP voters Monday to reject complacency and show up to vote in the midterm elections because turnout will be key in deciding key races with razor-thin margins.

“A lot of these races are within the margin of error, so Election Day turnout will be the difference maker as to whether we keep the House and expand our majority in the Senate — bottom line,” McDaniel said on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.”

“You’ve got to go vote. I don’t want anybody to feel comfortable or relaxed. Everyone needs to feel that urgency,” McDaniel pleaded.

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