WSLS 10's political expert shares thoughts on Trump in Roanoke

ROANOKE (WSLS10) Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump is making a campaign stop in Roanoke. Trump and his Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence will host a town-hall on Monday.

WSLS 10's Political Analyst Dr. Ed Lynch said there are a variety of reasons why Trump choose to campaign in Roanoke.

Lynch said Trump could emphasize coal as an important resource since some jobs in Southwest Virginia are connected to the coal mining industry. He also said Trump may make a case at the Town Hall meeting against Hilary Clinton since the Republican Party claims she wants to put coal miners out of work.

"There are a lot of jobs connected with coal not only people who work in coal but the people who work in all the businesses that are part of that whether it's providing lunches for the coal miners or the railroads for the trucking industry or anything else there are a lot of jobs involved in that," Lynch said.

Lynch said another reason, Roanoke is in proximity to North Carolina and West Virginia where his message in support of the coal mining industry could resonate with potential voters.

One final reason about Trump coming to Roanoke is Virginia is a battleground state and campaigning in the Star City could help Trump since Hilary Clinton announced Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential candidate.

The town hall meeting is expected to be at 3 Monday afternoon at Hotel Roanoke and doors open at 1 p.m.

Trump will then make a stop in Winston-Salem, NC for a rally Monday evening.

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