President Donald Trump is giving a last-minute boost to GOP Rep. Lou Barletta ahead of Tuesday’s Pennsylvania Senate primary.
Trump is releasing a two-minute robocall to Republican primary voters highlighting his endorsement of the four-term congressman. The call, a recording of which was obtained by POLITICO, is expected to be launched on Monday.
“Tuesday is Election Day, and I need you to go out and vote for my good friend, Lou Barletta, a very special guy,” the president says in the recording.
In the call, Trump praises Barletta for endorsing him early on in the 2016 presidential race - “It took courage for Lou to do that, and I’ll never forget it” – and highlights the congressman’s hardline immigration views and his support for the recently passed tax bill.
“He’s helped me all the way down the line,” Trump says.
In the second half of the call, the president goes after Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, who Barletta is expected to face in the November general election.
The president describes Casey as “Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi ‘s guy, and he’s been a disaster in the Senate.”
Barletta is the favorite to win the Republican nomination, though he faces a challenge from state Rep. Jim Christiana.