Heated Race for President Coming to Scranton

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SCRANTON -- Pennsylvania went Democrat in the last two general elections but the GOP is hoping to win in November.

Republican candidate Donald Trump plans a campaign event in Scranton later this week.

Polls may not give us the best indication of the race for the White House during convention season, but the two major party candidates are within a couple percentage points here in Pennsylvania, meaning their upcoming campaign stops could help sway any undecided voters.

It's just over three months until the score is settled between the two major party candidates for president. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are non-stop campaigning and soon bringing their stump speeches to Scranton.

"Guess they got to do what they got to do to get elected," said Scranton resident Amy Mussari.

While Hillary Clinton may have ties to Scranton and a campaign office in the city's downtown, Trump supporters are gearing up for his second visit to the area on Wednesday,  the first as the Republican nominee for president.

Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden were scheduled to make a campaign stop at the Riverfront Sports Complex in Scranton. That had to be canceled due to the deadly shooting of five police officers in Dallas, Texas. Now, Hillary and Joe are headed back.

"I would have to believe that Hillary would be a favorite up here in the northeast, seeing that she has family roots up here," said Scranton resident Bob Casey.

Even though a campaign visit to our area might touch on local issues, some voters believe there's a lot more on the line in this election than that.

"World commitments that a politician, a leader needs to have some background, experience versus someone who doesn't have that experience. It's going to affect everything," said Edward Macarchick of Scranton.

Either way, if the race for president comes down to one swing state, much like it did in 2000, Pennsylvania could be that state with Scranton a big player in the outcome of a close race.

"I have to believe Scranton would have to be a very important area looking for both of them looking to win the commonwealth with their electoral votes," Casey added.

Clinton and Biden are scheduled to make a campaign stop in Scranton in mid-August. The details of that event have not yet been released.

As for the Trump campaign event, there's been a lot of activity at the Lackawanna College student union, but there's still no official word if Trump will speak there Wednesday.

The last time he was in our area in April, Trump drew a huge crowd to the Mohegan Sun Arena near Wilkes-Barre.

This time police in Scranton are gearing up to provide security for the candidate's visit to the Electric City.

"It's our responsibility, like it or not. It's our responsibility that we have to provide the best protection we can for a candidate that comes to town," said Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano.

Chief Graziano says there are already plans in the works to ensure things go smoothly Wednesday, no matter where Trump stops. Plus, officers will be working overtime to the tune of thousands of dollars since it's summer vacation season and because of the political climate around the country.

"We have to make our plans based on the current world and the country and that's going to assign more personnel on it based on that," the chief added.

Last week it was Republicans' chance to have the national spotlight during the convention in Cleveland. Now it's the Democrats' turn in Philadelphia and at a time Hillary Clinton is taking the national spotlight, Donald Trump is bringing his campaign here to Scranton.

"I think it's very good for the area, focus attention on the area," said Jerry Histed of Archbald.

Voters are looking forward to all the attention from both presidential candidates, even though it comes at a cost

"I'm not concerned from a taxpayer stance," Histed added. "Democracy, that's what it's all about. People have to pay sooner or later."

7 comments

  • Ekipoblood

    Gary Johnson 2016
    Why argue who is better Clinton or Trump? Remember you have a great choice the media will not talk about.
    America Strong.

  • Bill

    more emails are coming out on the corrupt DNC / Hillary machine………more DNC resignations but Hillary said on 60 Minutes she had no knowledge. Are we that stupid, NEPA?

  • John

    ‘Trump and Hillary Clinton Are in a Bar. Donald Leans Over and…’

    While it is unlikely this scenario would play out in the current political arena, you have to admit, the person that wrote this joke had Hillary dead to rights.

    Imagine, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a bar. Donald leans over, and with a smile on his face, says, “The media is really tearing you apart for that scandal.”

    Hillary: “You mean my lying about Benghazi?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “You mean the massive voter fraud?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “Using my secret private server with classified material to hide my activities?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything lse?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “Using the Clinton Foundation as a cover for tax evasion, hiring cronies, And taking bribes from foreign countries?
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “You mean the drones being operated in our own country without the benefit of the law?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million, and right afterward it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “You mean arming the Muslim Brotherhood and hiring them in the White House?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “Whitewater, Watergate committee, Vince Foster, commodity deals?”
    Trump: “No the other one:”

    Hillary: “The funding of neo-Nazis in the Ukraine that led to the toppling of the democratically elected president and to the biggest crisis that country has had since WWII?”
    Trump: “No the other one:”

    Hillary: “Turning Libya into chaos?”
    Trump: “No the other one:”

    Hillary: “Being the mastermind of the so-called “Arab Spring” that only brought chaos, death and destruction to the Middle East and North Africa ?
    Trump: “No the other one:”

    Hillary: “Leaving four Americans to die in Benghazi and go to sleep?
    Trump: “No the other one:”

    Hillary: “Trashing Mubarak, one of our few Muslim friends?”
    Trump: “No the other one:”

    Hillary: “Encouraging and supporting the murders of Palestinians and the destruction of their homes, towns and villages by Israel ?”
    Trump: “No the other one:”

    Hillary: “The funding and arming of terrorists in Syria, the destruction and destabilization of that nation, giving the order to our lapdogs in Turkey and Saudi Arabia to give sarin gas to the “moderate” terrorists in Syria that they eventually used on civilians, and framed Assad, and had it not been for the Russians and Putin, we would have used that as a pretext to invade Syria, put a puppet in power, steal their natural resources, and leave that country in total chaos, just like we did with Libya?
    Trump: “No the other one:”

    Hillary: “The creation of the biggest refugees crisis since WWII
    Trump: “No the other one:”

    Hillary: “Leaving Iraq in chaos? ”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “The DOJ spying on the press?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “You mean HHS Secretary Sibelius shaking down health insurance Executives?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “Giving our cronies in SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and three months later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “The NSA monitoring citizens’ ?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General Investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “Me, The IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “Threats to all of Bill’s former mistresses to keep them quiet”
    Trump: “No, the other one.”

    Hillary: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I’ve got it! When I stole the White House furniture and silverware when Bill left office?”
    Trump: “THAT’S IT! I almost forgot about that one”.

  • Trump 2016

    Ever notice every picture of Clinton shows her looking into space. Believe me there is no one up there that will forgive you for the wrong you have done. You need to look at the ground because you are the devil in disguise.

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