President Donald Trump traveled to Missouri on Wednesday to whip up support for the Republican tax plan working its way through Congress — and in the process put himself squarely into the state’s heated 2018 U.S. Senate race.
In a speech that appeared to be a mix of prepared remarks and ad libs, Trump several times expressed his support for Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley in the state’s Republican Senate primary next year.
Trump also made grand promises that a pending federal tax overhaul will bring jobs back to “Main Street America” by revamping a “dysfunctional” tax system and providing tax cuts for working families.
He told a packed audience at the St. Charles Convention Center that only Democrats like Missouri’s U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill stood in the way of a more prosperous future. Trump promised to return to Missouri next year to help her best-known GOP challenger, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who the president repeatedly praised throughout his 46-minute speech.
Missouri’s entire GOP House delegation rode on Air Force One with Trump to attend the speech.
House members reached out to promote the legislation at every opportunity following Trump’s address. Their Democratic counterparts from Missouri have been equally vocal in their opposition to the measures.