Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kellyanne Conway Talks Up Saccone during Gop Dinner

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kellyanne Conway Talks Up Saccone during Gop Dinner

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In a meeting with volunteers and in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday's special election poses a stark choice for voters -but if Republican Rick Saccone loses, no one should read too much into it.

Special elections "end up being microcosms of the differences between the two major parties," Ms. Conway told roughly 20 volunteers at the Green Tree office of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County.

Standing beside Mr. Saccone, she ticked off a number of areas in which he differs from Democrat Conor Lamb. Those include their positions on a Republican tax-cut plan -Mr. Saccone supports it as a boon to business, while Mr. Lamb flags its effect on future deficits - and a "huge contrast on abortion."

Mr. Saccone stridently opposes abortion. Mr. Lamb, though he professes to be opposed to abortion personally, said he would not impose that value on women who don't share it. "You can't just say that you are one thing and be another," Ms. Conway scoffed.

Ms. Conway visited Pittsburgh to address the county GOP's annual "Spirit of Lincoln" Dinner, where she spoke to 500 party leaders to tout Mr. Saccone and boast about President Donald Trump's first 14 months in office.

Democrats objected that Republican tax cuts passed last year would benefit only the wealthy, she said. But "the tax cut already benefited the wealthy. . This is for the middle class." Democrats who opposed the cuts, she said, should be asked, "Why did you say 'no' to me?"

Mr. Trump is expected to tout Mr. Saccone during a Saturday campaign rally at a hangar at Pittsburgh International Airport. Ms. Conway told her audience that he would talk up the tariffs on steel and aluminum that he signed Thursday afternoon.

"The president has been so consistent upon this for decades . that we have to look out for the workers," she said.

She expanded on that in a subsequent interview.

"He's making good on a campaign promise, but he's also making good on a core value," she said. "[W]e have to have free and fair trade agreements, but they have to be reciprocal."

And she kept up the attacks on Mr. …

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