MINNEAPOLIS — Vice President Mike Pence will visit a sign company in Lakeville on Thursday, Oct. 10, ahead of President Donald Trump’s Minneapolis rally that evening, Pence’s office said Monday.
Pence’s afternoon stop at Safety Signs will follow his wife, second lady Karen Pence, and presidential daughter-in-law Lara Trump hosting an event for the group “Women for Trump” at St. Paul’s Union Depot on Wednesday evening.
The events are part of a multi-pronged thrust this week as Trump makes a serious 2020 campaign push to be the first Republican presidential candidate to win Minnesota since 1972.
And it’s not by accident that the events are taking place in districts currently represented by Democrats in Congress.
Mike Pence visit
Pence’s visit to Lakeville places him in the 2nd Congressional District, which is currently held by U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, a Democrat.
Trump won the district in 2016, as did Republic Jason Lewis, who defeated Craig. But in a 2018 rematch, Craig beat Lewis as Democrats took control of the House, cementing the district as a so-called “suburban swing district” — a demographic archetype that many political analysts believe could determine the 2020 presidential election across the country.
This fall, Pence is planning to travel to a number of similar districts in Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Virginia, according to his office.
In 2020, Craig will also stand for re-election. A former Michigan lawmaker, Republican Rick Olson, is the only announced candidate at this point. Lewis, who lives in the district, is challenging U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, a Democrat.
After landing on Air Force Two and attending Thursday’s event in Lakeville, Pence will head to the Target Center, where he will join Trump in a re-election rally in the heart of the district that elected U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar in 2018. That district is solidly liberal and not expected to be in play for Republicans in 2020 — but Omar is reviled by many on the right and might serve as a rallying cry to mobilize Trump supporters.
Karen Pence, Lara Trump visit
Karen Pence’s St. Paul visit is being dubbed a “panel discussion … to highlight the accomplishments of the administration and the commitments of the president for women and families.”
“Women for Trump” was formed by Lara Trump, a TV producer and senior adviser to Trump’s re-election campaign. She is married to Eric Trump, the third child of Donald Trump and his first wife, Ivana. (His third wife, Melania Trump, is the current first lady.)
The downtown event, which will also feature Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary for President Trump, will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Red Cap Room of the Union Depot.
It wasn’t clear Monday how members of the general public might attend. Those who are on the organization’s email list received a link to register.