Trump told a rally crowd in swing-state Pennsylvania that he was only there because of how badly his campaign is going

  • Donald Trump told followers at a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, that he never expected to have to campaign for their votes in person.
  • "Before the plague came in, I had it made. I wasn't coming to Erie. I mean, I have to be honest, there was no way I was coming," Trump said Thursday night.
  • "I didn't have to. I would've called you and said, 'Hey, Erie. You know, if you have a chance, get out and vote.' We had this thing won," he said.
  • Trump continued: "We got hit with the plague and I had to go back to work. 'Hello, Erie, may I please have your vote?'"
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Donald Trump told a crowd of followers in Pennsylvania that he only came to see them because his campaign is doing worse than he hoped.

Trump spoke for an hour at Erie International Airport on Tuesday night, during which time he sought to attack Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden and tout his own accomplishments. 

With 13 days to the US election, Trump has been holding frequent rallies across the US, and is scheduled to debate Biden in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday, in the final presidential debate.

But speaking on Tuesday, Trump suggested that the only reason he made good on his promise to visit Erie was because the extent to which the coronavirus pandemic has hampered his campaign.

"Four or five months ago when we started this whole thing, because you know, before the plague came in, I had it made. I wasn't coming to Erie. I mean, I have to be honest, there was no way I was coming," Trump said.

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"I didn't have to. I would've called you and said, 'Hey, Erie. You know, if you have a chance, get out and vote.' We had this thing won. We were so far up."

"We had the greatest economy ever, greatest jobs, greatest everything. And then we got hit with the plague and I had to go back to work. 'Hello, Erie, may I please have your vote?' Right?," he said.

As of Wednesday morning, most pollsters show that Biden holds a significant lead, of around nine points, over Trump across the US.

Of 10 swing states aggregated in CNN's Poll of Polls, Pennsylvania is the one state in which Biden appears to have the largest lead.

Average support for Biden is at 52% there, compared to 43% for Trump, CNN said. The polling was conducted between September 20 and October 5.

First Lady Melania Trump was scheduled to visit Erie with her husband, but pulled out at the last minute.

Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said the First Lady still had a "lingering cough" after her COVID-19 diagnosis at the start of October, and wanted to be cautious.

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