HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — By the end of election eve, the Trump family should be well aquainted with West Michigan.
Hours before their father was set to take the stage for an 11 p.m. rally at DeVos Place, daughters Ivanka and Tiffany Trump made a stop in Hudsonville.
The pair took part in a rally at the Pinnacle Center.
“We all see the numbers. We feel the momentum. It feels really good here,” said Ivanka Trump, referring to optimism within the campaign that Donald Trump might win Michigan.
Just before their introduction by Republican State Party Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, Ivanka and Tiffany took part in a private Michigan Women in Business Roundtable.
About a dozen women, including small business owners and politicians, expressed concern over governmental obstacles to their businesses.
Marge Wilson was part of that roundtable.
“I heard your dad say that insurance should be back to the people,” she told Ivanka Trump.
The longtime owner of Marge’s Donut Den was attracted to Donald Trump’s campaign by his promise to dismantle Obamacare.
“That’s the hardest thing, to watch you employees not have adequate insurance and you can’t provide it for them because of all the regulations the government has,” said Wilson.
Concerns about government regulations and trade were also raised by roundtable participants.
“People are passionate about regulatory reform; everyone (is),” said Ivanka Trump. “Because everyone has a story about how nonsensical regulation is impacting their ability to do business.”
Ivanka Trump also pushed policies, such as dependent care savings funds. The pre-tax savings accounts are designed to help cover cradle to grave day care costs.
Donald Trump is proposing a 50 percent annual government match on the first $1,000 saved in such an account.
“Now this is a family issue, not a women’s issue. But women disproportionately are the ones providing unpaid care for adult dependents, so it is impacting women the most,” said Ivanka Trump.
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With Michigan now being labeled a battleground state, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are making last minute appearances in West Michigan. Clinton will campaign at Grand Valley State University at 4 p.m. Monday, hours before Trump’s rally in Grand Rapids.
Clinton and Trump are virtually tied in Michigan, according to an EPIC-MRA poll released Friday that was commissioned by the Detroit Free Press. Among those surveyed between Nov. 1 and Nov. 3, 42 percent said they sided with Clinton and 38 percent went with Trump, making the race a tie when you factor in the 4 percent margin of error.
Real Clear Politics switched Michigan to a “toss up” state shortly after Friday’s poll was released, leaving 166 Electoral College votes up for grabs. Clinton currently holds 208 votes to Trump’s 164 votes. The candidate who captures at least 270 Electoral College wins the White House.