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US News Trump Kicks Off the Daytona 500, and a Race for Florida Votes

07:10  17 february  2020
07:10  17 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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President Trump and Melania Trump arriving at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida on Sunday after a rare Air Force One flyover.Credit Serving as the grand marshal for the kickoff race of the NASCAR season, Mr. Trump arrived at the packed stands after a rare Air Force One flyover and

As grand marshal for the Daytona 500 on Sunday, President Donald Trump is set to kick off NASCAR's biggest race by saying, "drivers, start your engines." The President is also expected to make remarks before the race at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida , a source familiar told CNN.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — President Trump put his showmanship skills on full display on Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway, leading the famous stock car drivers in a lap around the 2.5-mile racetrack. A sold-out crowd of 101,500 people cheered his appearance in a state he must win this year to secure re-election.

Serving as the grand marshal for the kickoff race of the NASCAR season, which was ultimately interrupted and then postponed because of rain, Mr. Trump arrived at the packed stands after a rare Air Force One flyover and later rounded the track in his limousine, nicknamed The Beast, to raucous cheers from the crowd. Shortly after the president told drivers to “start your engines,” Air Force Thunderbirds roared overhead.

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“My fellow race fans, the Daytona 500 is a legendary display,” Trump Trump ’s appearance as grand marshal was the first of several events this week for the president as he rallies supporters in a handful of key states . Detcher said she’s an independent and isn’t sure how she will vote in November.

“ Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have hosted several sitting presidents of the United States over our history,” track Last year, Trump also praised retired driver Mario Andretti, the Daytona 500 winner in 1967, reminiscing about a ride Andretti gave him in a race car for his reality

“NASCAR fans never forget that no matter who wins the race, what matters most is God, family and country,” Mr. Trump said to the thousands in the stand and group of invited guests and members of the military at Victory Lane before the race started.

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Donald Trump, Melania Trump are posing for a picture: President Trump and Melania Trump at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida on Sunday. © Samuel Corum for The New York Times President Trump and Melania Trump at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida on Sunday. He called it a moment of “pure American glory” and said “the cars will take to the tracks, the tires will screech, rubber will burn, fans will cheer.”

“Good luck, and may the best team win,” he said.

As Mr. Trump was leaving the speedway and the 40-car field was approaching the green flag to start 200 laps of racing, rain started to fall. After an hour delay, the race began and continued for 20 laps until rain again interrupted.

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The Daytona 500 marks the start of NASCAR’s 2020 season, and it looks like Trump is attending the event on his way back to Washington D.C. after a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida . This was leaked by a Trump campaign adviser, reported by the Washington Examiner.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump took a loop around the Daytona 500 racetrack on Sunday in the presidential limousine Trump won the state , where he has golf courses and a home that is now considered his primary residence, in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton

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With heavier showers arriving and continual bands of storms in the forecast for the next several hours, officials announced at about 6:50 p.m. that the rest of the race would be completed on Monday, starting at 4 p.m.

Mr. Trump’s appearance at the NASCAR event, also known as the Great American Race, was a highly choreographed showing by the sitting president and part of a concerted effort by his re-election campaign to solidify support among his core voters.

Mr. Trump won Florida’s 29 electoral votes in 2016, narrowly defeating Hillary Clinton in a state that was critical to his victory. Late last year, Mr. Trump announced that he was moving his official residence from New York to Florida, where he owns several golf clubs and his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.

a close up of a car going down the street: The president and the first lady took a lap around the track in the presidential limousine before the race. © Pool photo by Saul Loeb The president and the first lady took a lap around the track in the presidential limousine before the race. Recent polls in Florida show Mr. Trump hovering around 49 percent or 50 percent when matched against the leading Democratic presidential candidates, underscoring how close the state is likely to be again this year. A survey at the end of January showed Mr. Trump defeating all four of the top Democratic contenders.

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Much of that support probably comes from conservative parts of Florida, where NASCAR racing is extremely popular. The Daytona speedway, known as the World Center of Racing, is the main center for the sport. The 500-mile, 200-lap competition is the start of the NASCAR racing season.

In this Feb. 15, 2004, file photo, President George W. Bush, left, greets Matt Kenseth, right, as he greets drivers in the pit at Daytona 500 NASCAR race in Daytona Beach, Fla. President Donald Trump will look to rev up his appeal with a key voting demographic Sunday — NASCAR fans — as he takes in the Daytona 500. © ASSOCIATED PRESS In this Feb. 15, 2004, file photo, President George W. Bush, left, greets Matt Kenseth, right, as he greets drivers in the pit at Daytona 500 NASCAR race in Daytona Beach, Fla. President Donald Trump will look to rev up his appeal with a key voting demographic Sunday — NASCAR fans — as he takes in the Daytona 500. Last year, Mr. Trump welcomed Joey Logano, the 2018 winner of the NASCAR Cup Series, at the White House, honoring him alongside his No. 22, bright yellow Ford Fusion in which he dominated the season.

“NASCAR is not only a thrilling display of skill and power, but a celebration of the American spirit. So true,” Mr. Trump said in April. “No matter who wins the race, you never forget what matters most: God, family and country. And nobody embodies that more than you folks, I’ll tell you.”

Previous presidents have also made appearances at Daytona International Speedway.

a man holding a gun: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the pole position driver, at a security checkpoint before the race. Extra security measures were in place because of the president’s visit. © Reinhold Matay/Associated Press Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the pole position driver, at a security checkpoint before the race. Extra security measures were in place because of the president’s visit. President George W. Bush served as the grand marshal of the Daytona 500 as he campaigned for re-election in 2004. As a candidate in 1992, Bill Clinton campaigned at the Southern 500 in Darlington, S.C., but was booed by many in the crowd upset by his lack of military service in Vietnam, which was an issue in the campaign at the time.

Mr. Clinton made an appearance at the Daytona International Speedway as president years later, but not on a race day. He delivered a speech about climate change in 1998 after huge forest fires ravaged parts of Florida. Firefighters had used the speedway as the base of their operations to fight the fires.

Like those of Mr. Trump and Mr. Bush, Mr. Clinton’s motorcade made its way around the racetrack, though not at the usual speeds of a NASCAR driver.

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Carroll was Elle’s advice columnist for 26 years. She says the magazine fired her because of Trump.“Because Trump ridiculed my reputation, laughed at my looks, & dragged me through the mud, after 26 years, ELLE fired me,” Carroll tweeted Tuesday night. “I don’t blame Elle. It was the great honor of my life writing ‘Ask E. Jean.

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