President Trump's Milwaukee rally kicks off election year in Wisconsin
President Donald Trump held his first election rally of the New Year in the critical battleground state of Wisconsin on Tuesday night.
Trump kicked off his “Keep America Great” rally At the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee.
The rally happened at the same time as the Democratic presidential candidates held their final debate before Iowa's caucus on Feb. 3 at Drake University in Des Moines.
Trump's rally also comes several months before Democrats are also set to hold their national convention in Milwaukee in July.
“Bernie and the radical left cannot protect your family, nor can they protect our country,” Trump told supporters.
Trump also defended Sanders.
“I don’t believe that Bernie said that. I really don’t ... It’s not the kind of thing he’d say,” said Trump.
He also criticized former Vice President Joe Biden’s tendency to mix up locations, such as recently confusing Iran with Iraq.
“When you do that you can’t really recover,” Trump said.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke before the president, saying the Democratic candidates as too far left for the state.
“You know, I heard they’ve got another debate tonight. If it’s anything like the other ones, those people are going to be standing so far on the left I think that stage is going to tip over,” Pence said.
President Trump defended his decision to kill a top Iranian general, and slammed Democrats as weak on national security. Trump accused Democrats of wasting the nation;s time with "demented hoaxes" and "witch hunts" while "we're creating jobs and killing terrorists," the Associated Press reports.
House Democrats are expected to send articles of impeachment to the Senate on Wednesday.
released in December shows general election matchups between Trump and five Democratic candidates all are close races.
Among those who say they will vote in the Democratic presidential primary in April, former Vice President Joe Biden receives the most support followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The poll also showed President Trump had a 47 percent job approval rating.
Thousands of supporters as well as protesters lined up for hours outside the arena head of the rally.
“I think he’s done right by the whole country,” said Nancy Freye, 65, who lives in Madison, Wisconsin, according to the AP. “He’s fighting for all of us every day. I don’t know how you can even get anything done, but he does. So good for him and for us.”
“I think the Wisconsin vote is very important, very important,” said Brenda Stoetzer, 60, from Hickory Hills, Illinois,. “And we need to just spread the message here that, you know, Trump is helping the people, the ordinary people. He’s not making the rich richer. He’s making everyone richer.”