THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. PRESIDENT TRUMP: "WE'RE GOING TO TURN THIS STATE AND MAKE IT A REPUBLICAN STATE"
Thousands of President Trump's supporters filled the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho to welcome him to New Mexico and hear his positive message.
The rally kicked off the president’s West Coast swing as his campaign sets their sights on the Latino vote.
"It's been a while since a Republican won New Mexico," Trump told supporters, who greeted him with chants of "USA, USA." ''I think we're going to do great here. We're here because we really think we're going to turn this state and make it a Republican state."
The president boasted that he could turn the state red and boasted that oil and gas has helped grow the state’s revenue.
When President Trump asked supporters at the rally to give him more time in office, the crowd of thousands responded by chanting, “Four more years.”
Trump also told the crowd that the number of new business licenses in New Mexico is outpacing other states.
In a nod to the state’s large Hispanic population, he made note of the start of Hispanic Heritage Month and said the median income for Hispanics has finally surpassed $50,000 a year.
KOAT INTERVIEWS PRESIDENT TRUMP: "The president believes he can take this state.":
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NM In Depth: "There was optimism in the air and a packed crowd at the Santa Ana Center in Rio Rancho Monday evening to greet President Trump who visited New Mexico for the first time as commander in chief."
Albuquerque Journal: “The Democrats want to completely annihilate New Mexico’s economy,” he said. “But … New Mexico will never give them the chance.”
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