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Trump talks jobs, trade at Lancaster County rally

Written by Merriell Moyer/Lebanon Daily News | Oct 2, 2016 1:46 PM
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Donald Trump takes the stage at Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Lancaster County.(Jeremy Long/Lebanon Daily News)

(Manheim) -- Republican Donald Trump focused a great deal on Hilary Clinton's potential support for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) during a rally in Manheim, Lancaster County, Pa. on Saturday.

"Hilary Clinton, if she ever got the chance, would 100 percent support the Trans Pacific Partnership," he said. "The TPP will bring total economic devastation to Pennsylvania, and our campaign is the only thing that can stop that, and other bad things, from happening in our country."

The TPP, a trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim countries, will be more economically devastating than the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993, according to Trump.

"She said she didn't call it the 'gold standard' the other night at the debate, but she said it," Trump said. "We want to stop the TPP or else billions and billions of jobs will be vacuumed right out of Pennsylvania, and sent to these other countries."

Trump pointed to Sen. Bernie Sanders as being a voice of reason regarding the TPP.

"Sanders was right about only one thing, and that was trade, and he was right about it because he knew were getting ripped off," Trump said. "He couldn't do anything about it, but we are going to do a lot about it."

Sanders supporters, Trump said, were coming over to Trump's side because of the TPP for more than any other reason.

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The crowd before Donald Trump takes the stage at Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Lancaster County.(Jeremy Long/Lebanon Daily News)

Later, after reaffirming that he would reinforce the southern border of the country, strengthen the military and provide proper education for the citizens of the United States, and after revisiting Clinton's email scandal, Trump promised to return steel manufacturing jobs to their former glory in Pennsylvania.

"Pennsylvania steel will rebuild the country like it did the Empire State Building so many years ago," he declared. "We will put new Pennsylvania steel into the spine of this country."

Trump also attempted to clarify his plan for economic growth for Pennsylvania and the country.

"My economic agenda can be summed up in three beautiful words: jobs, jobs, jobs," Trump said to a thunderous round of applause from the 6,000 people present at the rally. "We are going to reduce taxes for working class Americans, and every unnecessary regulation will be immediately eliminated."

This story is part of a partnership between WITF and the Lebanon Daily News.

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