Former President Trump holding rally in Dayton today; Rep Ryan’s camp responds

VANDALIA — Former President Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, is coming to the Miami Valley for a political rally today, one day before Election Day, his political action committee, Save America, announced back in October.

The event will take place at Wright Brothers Aero Inc., at Dayton International Airport in Dayton at 3700 McCauley Drive.

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Parking lots, a vendors’ row, and registration is scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Entertainment and concessions will be available throughout the day, according to the organization.

Trump is set to deliver remarks at 8 p.m.

You must register for general admission tickets.

Trump is supporting J.D. Vance, who is running for U.S. Senate against Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Ryan.

News Center 7′s Kayla McDermott says the U.S. Senate race between Vance and Ryan is close as the Real Clear Politics average shows Vance leading by seven points.

News Center 7′s Gabrielle Enright spoke with Doctor Marc Clauson, Professor of History and Law at Cedarville University, about the impact Trump’s visit will make in such a tight race.

“I’m not entirely clear it does a lot of good at this point,” he said. “Most people have already made up their mind. They only people who haven’t decided, some independents, some people in the middle, and maybe some Republicans and maybe a few Democrats. But I don’t know that Donald Trump is going to push them one way or the other.”


Vance will also deliver remarks at the rally as well, Vance’s campaign said in an e-mail to News Center 7.

His campaign also released this statement:

“No one in the world gets Ohioans fired up for Election Day like President Trump! It will be great to host him in Ohio again.”

News Center 7 reached out to Ryan and his campaign for comment. Tim for Ohio spokesman, Jordan Fuja, released the following statement:

“Even San Francisco fraud J.D. Vance knows Ohioans aren’t buying his phony act, which is why he’s spending the last few weeks of the campaign leaning on his out-of-state allies to try to drag him over the finish line.”

Fuja also said Ryan has not asked either President Biden or former President Barack Obama to campaign for him in Ohio and has no plans to do so.

McDermott says these candidates have different opinions on the former President’s trip here but we will have to wait and see if Trump has any impact on this election.

“It could push one way or another and at this point, we can’t be sure how many independents might actually be impacted by this in a negative way,” Clauson said.

Both of the Ohio U.S. Senate candidates have made our area a priority in the remaining days of their race.

Last week Ryan had multiple rallies across the Miami Valley and will be wrapping up his campaign in the northeastern part of the state.

Vance was also here last week and will be back this evening with president trump.

We spoke to political science professor, Lee Hannah to see if he thinks Trump’s visit will help Vance.

“I think for him anything that Donald Trump can say that kind of assures voters that JD Vance is really with him now is a big deal. At the same time, Donald Trump is polarizing so there may be some Democrats that have may be been tuned out, they’ll see this former president who they don’t like that much on the airwaves, and that may even mobilize them more to go out, and vote against JD Vance.”

We also talked with professor Hannah about how Ryan used a different strategy.

“It is worth noting that JD Vance wants to be seen with President Trump. Tim Ryan has not invited Joe Biden to do a similar rally. He’s kind of kept some of the major national Democratic heavyweights out of the state because he believes his best way to win is really to race to the middle.”

We will update this developing report as more information becomes available.