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Can’t attend Trump’s Mesa rally on Friday? Here’s how you can listen live

Oct 18, 2018, 4:34 PM | Updated: 11:22 pm
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(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

PHOENIX — President Donald Trump will visit Mesa on Friday to campaign for U.S. Senate hopeful Martha McSally and other Republican candidates.

For those who cannot attend, KTAR News 92.3 FM will preview the rally starting with Arizona’s Morning News at 5 a.m. and will continue coverage throughout the day.

KTAR News will also carry the entire rally live when it is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

The rally will be held at International Air Response at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa. Doors will open to the public at 3:30 p.m., three hours before the start of the event.

Supporters of the president can get free tickets online on a first-come, first-served basis.

Patrick Ptak and Daniel Scarpinato, spokesmen for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, confirmed that Ducey would speak during the event at International Air Response at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. They did not provide specifics.

U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs was also scheduled to speak at the event in Mesa.

McSally will also accompany Trump on a visit to Luke Air Force Base in the West Valley ahead of Friday’s rally.

There will be no public activities during that visit, according to the Glendale Police Department.

The president will start his day at a roundtable with a group of supporters and then speak at a fundraising luncheon. Those events are scheduled to be private and held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

The campaign event will be the president’s first since he visited Phoenix last year. His Aug. 22, 2017 rally at the Phoenix Convention Center ended after officers used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse protesters.

The Phoenix Police Department later said its officers were responding to bottles and rocks being thrown at them.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona filed a class-action lawsuit last month against the city for the police department’s actions that night, alleging officers violated the protesters’ First Amendment rights.

Chad Benson, host of The Chad Benson Show, said the trip is an important one for the president to make because the race for Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat has been a tight one so far.

“The Senate is important, Flake’s seat is open, they’re pulling out all the stops here,” Benson said.

“McSally is doing everything she can.”

Trump is not the only president who will campaign for McSally on Friday: Former President George W. Bush will host a fundraiser in Scottsdale for the Republican candidate that morning.

McSally and her Senate rival, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, went head-to-head for the first — and only — time on Monday ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

The candidates answered a variety of questions during the hour-long debate, tackling issues including health care, border security and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a televised debate.

But political analysts were split on who they believed had the upper hand afterward.

“These things are so subjective,” Valley political analyst Stan Barnes told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Tuesday. “It’s kind of hard to say who won.

“If you liked Sinema going in, you liked her going out. If you liked McSally going in, you liked her going out,” he added.

So far, polls have shown a tight race, with Sinema leading a majority of them within the polls’ margins of error.

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Can’t attend Trump’s Mesa rally on Friday? Here’s how you can listen live