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For local leaders, President Trump's visit kicks off 2020 election

Posted: 6:58 PM, Apr 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-16 19:58:39-04
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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Local Republican and Democratic leaders said on Tuesday that Wisconsin will play a big role in the 2020 election, so President Trump's early visit is no surprise.

For Republicans, the announcement made it a busy afternoon.

"It's crazy for us," Brown County Republican Party Chair James Fitzgerald said. "the phones have been ringing off the hook, we've already taken new memberships today."

Fitzgerald said this visit is a chance to energize the base, get them active, and ready for another presidential cycle.

"He (Trump) connects with the public, and the public feels that they are connected with him, and what a tremendous opportunity they have again to see this president up close and personal," Fitzgerald said.

As is usually the case with politics, not everybody will be cheering the president's visit here to the Resch Center. Local Democratic leaders say President Trump comes with a message of division - not the one that some voters in this area want to hear.

"I think that the people of Northeast Wisconsin are really getting ready for someone who's offering some solutions to things like wealth inequality, and access and affordability of healthcare, and that's not what he's selling," Democratic Party of Brown County Chair Lindsay Dorff said.

Dorff said there aren't any Democratic visits planned just yet for Green Bay, but she does expect the area and state to get a lot of attention for 2020.

"This is just the very beginning to what's going to be a very exciting and busy political season," Dorff said.

That's something Republicans can agree on.

"We've kicked off the 2020 election," Fitzgerald said.