From outsider to incumbent: Donald Trump launches re-election campaign with rally in Florida




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  • 2019-06-19 00:06:43Z
  • By USA TODAY
 

ORLANDO, Fla. - President Donald Trump returned to the key battleground state of Florida on Tuesday to ask Americans to give him another four years in office.

Though he has never stopped campaigning since he entered the White House more than two years ago, Trump's rally at a 20,000-seat basketball arena in Orlando marks the formal kickoff of his 2020 re-election bid.

The campaign event is a far cry from four years ago, when Trump announced his unlikely presidential run by riding down the escalator to the basement food court of the Manhattan skyscraper that bears his name.

This time, Trump will make his case for re-election not as an outsider but as an incumbent who will argue he has delivered on his promises during his turbulent first term but that work still remains to be done on issues like immigration and health care.

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"We're taking on the failed political establishment and restoring government of, by and for the people," Trump said in a video released Monday by his campaign. "It's the people, you're the people, you won the election."

But Trump formally launches his 2020 campaign surrounded by uncertainty.

Multiple polls show him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic contenders in key battleground states. Trump insists his internal polling shows him ahead, but his campaign severed ties with its pollsters after leaked internal polling showed him trailing Biden by double digits in the key swing states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan.

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