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President Trump Makes Campaign Stop At Altoona-Blair County Airport

Donald Trump speaking to a large crowd outside with flags in the background.
Anne Danahy

President Donald Trump held a rally at the Altoona-Blair County Airport in Martinsburg Monday, slamming his opponent Joe Biden and promising a booming economy and a COVID-19 vaccine.


“A vote for Biden is a vote to off-shore your jobs, ban fracking and deliver economic ruin to Pennsylvania and to your families,” Trump said. “In 2016, Pennsylvania voted to fire this corrupt far-left political establishment and you elected an outsider as president who is finally putting America first.”

Biden has said he would ban new fracking on federal land, not outright.

The natural gas industry and fracking have had a major role in Pennsylvania, which is considered a key state in the election.


Lowering drug prices, supporting police and cutting taxes were other campaign pledges Trump touched on during the rally. It was part of his campaigning through Pennsylvania Monday and drew thousands of supporters. 


Among them was Leslie Hoover, an Altoona resident. She thinks Trump is doing a great job.


“I like the fact that he’s not your typical politician," Hoover said. "I like what he’s done for the economy. I think that he’s done the best that he could possibly do when it comes to the virus.”


Trump won Pennsylvania by a narrow margin in 2016. Polls give Biden the edge in the current race.


Anne Danahy has been a reporter at WPSU since fall 2017. Before crossing over to radio, she was a reporter at the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, and she worked in communications at Penn State. She is married with cats.
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