President Trump holds Green Bay rally marking third Wisconsin stop in past week

NOW: President Trump holds Green Bay rally marking third Wisconsin stop in past week

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) – President Donald Trump rallied supporters in a critical region of the state four days out from Election Day.

Trump’s visit to Green Bay was his third in less than a week. He had visited Waukesha on Oct. 24 and West Salem on Oct. 27. All three are crucial regions the president needs to perform well for him if he hopes to recreate his 2016 success and keep Wisconsin in his win column. His visit to the northeastern part of the state also comes amid the worst stretch of the pandemic for the state, which has hit the Green Bay-Fox Valley region the hardest.

“This is a choice between a Trump super boom or a Biden depression,” Trump told a crowd of supporters outside an air hangar in Green Bay. “Even without the vaccine we’re rounding the corner but the vaccine makes it go faster. The vaccines will be out very soon, very, very soon, our vaccine will eradicate the virus, quickly end the pandemic and quickly restore normal life, I just want normal life.”

The situation in Wisconsin – and the Green Bay region – is far from normal as Wisconsin has broken several single-day records in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in recent weeks. The current surge has not subsided yet. On top of that, national health experts say while a vaccine may be ready by the end of the year or early 2021 in a best-case scenario, distribution will take time.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said this week the country may not return to normalcy until late 2021 or even early 2022.

But the president is aiming to make the case to supporters and potential swing voters that a pandemic recovery will be stronger under his second term rather than in a Biden administration.

“Next year will be the greatest economic year in the history of our country,” Trump said. “Joe Biden’s plan will delay the vaccine, postpone therapies, crash the economy and lock down the country.”

Joe Biden made his third campaign visit to Wisconsin on Friday, Oct. 30 with an event in Milwaukee.

Supporters of President Trump believe he is best suited to lead the country with a second term in office, particularly with handling the economy.

“I have confidence in the future because of Donald Trump,” Toni Melchior of Green Bay told CBS 58. “While I may not like every tweet or how he handles himself all the time, I trust in Donald Trump to take care of us.”

Recent polling shows President Trump maintaining confidence among voters in handling the economy, but Biden having stronger support in who voters believe would handle the pandemic better.

President Trump will make his closing argument to Wisconsin voters on Monday, Nov. 2 when he visits Kenosha for one of his final campaign rallies before Election Day.

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