Trump Plans to Campaign Heavily for GOP Candidates in 2018 Elections

Donald Trump at rally for Luther Strange in Alabama / Getty images
• December 18, 2017 8:54 am


President Donald Trump is planning to hold rallies and travel extensively to support Republican candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump's political aides have meet with 116 candidates for House and Senate seats as well as Gubernatorial candidates in recent months, the Washington Post reports.

Part of the reason Trump is be ready to campaign around the country could be due to Republicans' recent loss in Alabama's U.S. Senate special election.

In an interview, White House political director Bill Stepien said Trump's 2018 campaigning would be about the candidates he wants to see in office, and not about himself.

"For the president, this isn’t about adulation and cheering crowds," Stepien said. "This is about electing and reelecting Republicans."

Stepien plans to continue meeting with potential Republican candidates in the near future.

For Republicans in heavily contested and swing regions, the question remains whether it would be highly beneficial for Trump to campaign for them. Some Democrats argue Trump's involvement benefits Democratic candidates.

Jared Leopold, a spokesman for the Democratic Governors’ Association, said "we look forward to everything that comes out of the president’s iPhone."

Trump’s political team, however, says candidates are lining up for the president's support.

"To say the president has shaky political standing, I’d say the pollsters, the experts, the pundits have never figured out how to poll this guy," Stepien said. "You look at public polling—we have our own numbers that I trust because the experts don’t know how to poll him. They never have."

The Republican National Committee is also working with the White House to determine the best way Trump can fundraise for the party.