In this July 10, 2018, photo, U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur speaks about the opioid epidemic during a talk at the Express Scripts mail-in pharmacy in Florence, N.J. In an election that hinges on Trump’s standing, candidates from both parties are tiptoeing around the man in the Oval Office as they deliver closing messages in the nation’s top House battlegrounds. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Candidates sidestep Trump in midterm closing message

October 29, 2018 - 2:59 am

POINT PLEASANT, N.J. (AP) — In an election that hinges on President Donald Trump's standing, candidates from both parties are tiptoeing around the man in the Oval Office as they deliver closing messages in the nation's top House battlegrounds.

There are exceptions. But in many contests will largely decide the House majority next week, Trump has become an unspoken elephant in the room.

While liberals across the country demand Trump's impeachment, many Democratic candidates' closing arguments are focused on health care. Republicans are all in for Trump in Washington, but the party's most important House candidates are spending their final days attacking Democrats for resisting — without saying much about the president who's being resisted.

The next two years of Trump's presidency will be deeply influenced by the outcome of next week's elections.