Campaigning with the President

Last night at a rally in Billings, Mont., Trump took aim at Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). Trump attacked Tester for voting against the GOP’s tax cuts; for sinking his pick to be Veterans Affairs secretary; and for supporting ObamaCare.

“Jon Tester talks like he’s from Montana but he votes like Nancy Pelosi.” – Trump

Trump swung through Montana in support of Republican Matt Rosendale, who is challenging Tester for Senate in the deep-red state.

The Washington Post: Trump raises the specter of impeachment at Montana rally.

The president will hit two more Great Plains states today, making campaign stops in North Dakota and South Dakota.

In Fargo, Trump will raise money for Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), who is taking on Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) in a state the president carried by more than 35 points in 2016. There is limited polling here, but the race looks like a dead heat.

In Sioux Falls, S.D., the president will raise money for GOP Rep. Kristi Noem, who is running for governor against Democrat Billie Sutton.

Vice President Pence also has a big day on the campaign trail. He’ll be in Las Vegas, for a veteran event with Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who is a top target for Senate Democrats this cycle. Polls show the Nevada Senate race between Heller and Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) is a toss-up.

Pence will also raise money for GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt, who is in a tight race for Nevada governor against Democrat Steve Sisolak.

Elsewhere, former President Obama will make his long-anticipated return to campaign politics in a speech at the University of Illinois in Urbana.

An adviser to Obama says the former president will be “pointed” in remarks about the current president and the political atmosphere at large (NBC News).

More from the campaign trail …

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) dispatched of a political newcomer in a primary last night, avoiding the fate of other seasoned lawmakers who fell to progressive upstarts (The Hill) …

GOP braces for Democratic surge in November (Bloomberg) …

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) may be preparing for a 2020 presidential run (The Hill)

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) takes 48 percent in a new Senate poll against Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R), who is at 46 percent (NBC News-Marist). If she doesn’t drop those Alexander ads she is going to lose this race against an known socialist. Alexander is one of the most liberal of United States Senators. 

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