Vukmir hopes for White House support after Conway misses rally

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - With just 5 days until the election, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir held a rally in Appleton.

Tammy Baldwin and Leah Vukmir

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway was supposed to join her, but the campaign said Conway's plane had mechanical issues. Conway also had to miss a GOP event in Sterling Heights, Michigan, according to media reports there.

Vukmir's campaign hopes to make up some ground. A Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Vukmir trailing Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin 43 to 54 percent among likely voters.

About 100 supporters showed up at the GOP Victory Center in Appleton hoping to see Conway and Vukmir together. Vukmir made the announcement Conway wouldn't be there immediately after Vukmir was introduced by Congressman Glenn Grothman.

We asked Vukmir after the rally what happened to Conway's plane, but she continued to cite mechanical issues and didn't know if Conway's visit would be rescheduled.

Vukmir says she still expects to receive help from the White House before the election, and she's hopeful of a vice-presidential visit.

During her speech at the GOP office, Vukmir addressed four issues she says separate her from her Democratic opponent: Her stance on taxes, health care, veterans affairs, and, more importantly she said, immigration reform in which she supports the president.

"I stand with him when he calls continuing the wall and border security, because right now our border agents are overwhelmed, and as these waves of people are coming up seeking asylum, what ends up happening is they fill out some paperwork and they're told to come back for some hearings. It's a catch-and-release program," Vukmir said.

Vukmir said she's not worried about the polls showing her 11 points behind right now. She says the polls were wrong in 2016 about Trump winning Wisconsin, and she's confident going into next Tuesday.

Sen. Baldwin was also busy on the campaign trail Wednesday. One of her stops included a manufacturing company in Marshfield, about 50 minutes southwest of Wausau.

The senator didn't answer directly when asked what she thinks about the president saying he may send up to 15,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to stop a caravan of Central American migrants.

"I believe that we are a nation of laws, and we have to have an orderly process, and that orderly process involves dealing with people taking aslyum or refuge as well as making sure they are not illegal entries," Baldwin said.

Wednesday afternoon, the president promised an executive order next week to ban migrants from claiming asylum in the U.S. if they cross the border illegally.



 
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