Vice President Mike Pence will visit Hermon for a campaign rally on Monday as Maine’s swing 2nd Congressional District remains a priority for both President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The rally at the Dysart’s complex on Coldbrook Road is set for 11:30 a.m. It is among at least two stops Pence will make on Monday, with the other in Pennsylvania. The vice president has never made an official or campaign visit to Maine going back to Trump’s 2016 campaign.
The president visited Guilford for official events in June for his first trip back to Maine since visiting five times during his 2016 campaign. His son, Donald Trump, Jr., was in Holden last month as part of a campaign swing, just after his brother, Eric, visited Saco.
It comes at a fraught moment in relations between Trump and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who is in a hotly contested reelection contest seen as crucial to control of the Senate. The president tore into Collins in a Friday tweet, saying she was “not worth the work” over her stance against seating a new Supreme Court justice before the Nov. 3 election.
Trump has lagged far behind Biden in September fundraising and in recent national polling. The Democrat has also led Trump by more than 10 percentage points in many statewide polls in blue-leaning Maine, though Trump won the 2nd District and its one Electoral College vote by that margin in 2016 and it has designs on carrying it again.
Besides the campaign focus in Maine, the White House has launched a public-relations effort in recent. The president’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, authored a Bangor Daily News Op-Ed this week touting tax cuts and trade policies. Biden’s campaign has countered that kind of messaging by criticizing Trump’s trade war with China and its impact on the lobster industry, which the Trump administration made eligible for tariff offset aid in September.