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Eveleth mayor, a lifelong Democrat, throws support behind Trump at RNC

Updated: August 25, 2020 11:01 PM

Eveleth Mayor Bob Vlaisavljevich spoke during the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, throwing his support behind President Trump. 

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"He made good on his promises by cutting our taxes, rolling back senseless regulations and delivering trade deals that put America's interests first," Vlaisavljevich said. 

In his speech, he talked about being a lifelong Democrat but said that Eveleth lost thousands of jobs and a generation of young people, thanks in part to steel dumping from China. Vlaisavljevich said they had lost hope until the election in 2016. 

"A straight-talking New Yorker burst onto the scene, promising to stand up to China and the rest of the world on behalf of the American worker," he said in his speech. "Four years later, the Iron Range is roaring back to life and we have one man to thank: President Donald Trump." 

Vlaisavljevich called Joe Biden "weak" and said the Green New Deal is a "job-killing disgrace." He said the 2020 election will be make-or-break for the Iron Range. 

The Trump campaign hopes to flip Minnesota red in November. Vice President Mike Pence will visit Duluth on Friday. 

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