Trump makes campaign swing through battleground Ohio

President Trump made two campaign stops Monday in battleground Ohio, a swing state he won in 2016 and hopes to win again in November. Early voting has already begun in Ohio, and the president made sure to remind his supporters to get out and vote. 

CBS News Battleground Tracker poll has Ohio as a toss-up state, with Mr. Trump with a slim lead over Democratic nominee Joe Biden, 50% to 49%. In 2016, Mr. Trump won Ohio against Hillary Clinton 52% to 44%. Mr. Trump is making a play for battleground Midwestern states like Ohio, where he believes his support is still strong.

Looming over every presidential appearance is the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who leaves an open seat on the court just weeks ahead of a tense presidential election. Mr. Trump has said he plans to nominate a woman to the seat, and intends to announce his pick Friday or Saturday.

“I have five that we’re vetting right now,” the president told his crowd in Dayton, insisting he will nominate a “brilliant” woman to the Supreme Court. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed that Mr. Trump’s nominee would get a vote on the Senate floor, but the Senate is narrowly divided, with 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats, and if all the Democrats stand together in opposition, should four Republicans join them, the seat will have to wait until next year to be filled. So far, two have said they do not support voting on a nominee before the election.

But the president didn’t only touch on his impending Supreme Court justice pick in Ohio. He also criticized former Vice President Joe Biden and his runningmate, Kamala Harris. 

As he discussed foreign affairs with the crowd in Dayton, the president shrugged off criticisms of his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

“I like Putin, he likes me,” the president said. 

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