President Trump arrives in Orlando for reelection rally

By AP Author, Kent Justice - Anchor/reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - President Donald Trump has arrived in Orlando, Florida, where he is set to kick off his reelection campaign with a rally.

Campaign advisers say Trump will seek to connect his first term to the goals he hopes to achieve with four more years as president.

Trump supporters began arriving as early as Monday for the Tuesday night campaign rally, braving downpours and listening to a cover band playing Southern rock standards.

A cover band on a stage played Southern rock standards such as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home, Alabama."

Vendors for blocks around sold water, as well as pins, hats and T-shirts with slogans including "Trump 2020" and "ICE ICE Baby." In the summer heat, some women wore "Make America Great Again" bathing suits.

Fifty-six-year-old Margaret McDeed says she came from Tampa and supports Trump because "his policies are for the American people." She adds that, as a tax accountant, she's seen savings from the Republican-backed tax cuts.

News4Jax spoke to a group of women who traveled to Orlando from Jacksonville. Kim Black said she was thrilled to be there.

"It's about making history," Black said. "I'm excited to be part of this historical moment with our president."

"I'm just excited to be here," another woman said. "It's like going to the national championship, the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras all wrapped in one."

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