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Donald Trump says United States should consider death penalty for drug dealers

12 Mars 2018

Trump said. "That means if we catch a drug dealer, death penalty".

"We can't say Make America Great Again because I already did that. Rick is going to vote for us all the time, all the time".

Trump held that opinion of Saccone before leaving for the rally, and I've not been able to establish whether his time on the ground with the candidate changed his mind.

Casting himself as a Democrat independent from the national party, Lamb has pledged not to vote for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as speaker if the Democrats take the house.

The special election is to replace Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned past year amid revelations of an extramarital affair in which the anti-abortion lawmaker urged his mistress to get an abortion when he thought she was pregnant.

But it's not clear what effect that could have on the final outcome.

However, he did reportedly state: "I don't know if this country's ready for it".

Colleen Wooten, a Steelworkers staff representative, said Lamb has connected with the region's working class.

Saccone is in an unusually tight race against Democratic candidate Conor Lamb, a former Marine and federal prosecutor who's never run for office before, for Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district.

In one heavily GOP neighborhood in Westmoreland County, east of Pittsburgh, campaign materials from the RNC and CLF hung on almost every door Sunday.

Trump was in the state to stump for GOP special election candidate Rick Saccone, but only mentioned him in passing.

But in classic Trump fashion, he quickly steered away from his main reason for being there.

The Trump administration is studying new policy that could allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty for drug dealers, according to people with knowledge of the discussions, a sign that the White House wants to make a strong statement in addressing the opioid crisis.

Trump said he spoke with leaders in Asia about how they handled the drug problem.

The 18th District stretches from the southwest corner of the state east past Ligonier. Allegheny County, which is in the 18th District, had the highest drug overdose death rate in the nation in 2016, according to the Pew Research Center. "I came tonight because this guy is special", the president also said of Saccone. The new map offers several pickup opportunities for the Democrats, who now hold five of the state's 18 house seats.

Trump also said he hoped to run for re-election against Democrat Oprah Winfrey, although the entertainer has ruled out a run.

This time around, the organization is supporting Lamb, and not just because it sees him as a union supporter, but because Saccone is seen as an anti-union politician.

"It will keep people from any positive interface with police, any positive interface with public health, any interface with doctors", he said, noting that it could lead to fewer people receiving treatment for their addictions.

While Trump was ostensibly in Pennsylvania for Saccone, the rally was as much about the president as it was an underperforming congressional candidate.

At Sunday's Lamb rally, Cecil Roberts, the president of the United Mineworkers of America, delivered a rousing endorsement of Lamb, a noteworthy endorsement since the union sat out the 2016 election rather than back Clinton.

During the rally, Trump said the South Koreans support his efforts and even credited him with making last month's Winter Olympics a success. "It's not a national election". The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down the map, and Lamb is likely to run next fall against Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) in a much less conservative district than the gerrymandered one he's now trying to win.

Donald Trump says United States should consider death penalty for drug dealers