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House Republicans’ 2020 strategy is all about Trump
At retreat, GOP hypes up president as key to their effort to win back the majority

President Donald Trump greets House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday at the House GOP retreat in Baltimore. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

BALTIMORE — House Republicans are embracing President Donald Trump as a critical asset in their effort to win back the majority in 2020 and are building their policy agenda and campaign strategy around him.

During a 48-hour retreat here Thursday through Saturday, GOP lawmakers lauded Trump for helping them win a North Carolina special election and said they looked forward to riding his coattails in districts across the country next year.

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House Judiciary ranking member Doug Collins talks with reporters outside the committee markup on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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President delivers one-hour speech to congressional GOP at their retreat in Baltimore

President Donald Trump speaks to House Republicans in Baltimore on Thursday at their annual retreat. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

BALTIMORE — President Donald Trump told House Republicans gathered here Thursday for their annual conference retreat that he plans to campaign in more of their districts to help with their 2020 races. 

“I’m going to stop at every community that I can. We’re going to make a list of 50 or so,” he said. 

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts a news conference in the Capitol to call on the Senate to vote on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act on Monday, September 9, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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House Republicans to discuss path back to majority at Baltimore retreat
GOP members to talk politics and policy Thursday through Saturday at their delayed annual retreat

Indiana Rep. Susan W. Brooks, the House Republicans’ campaign recruitment chair, said she’s excited to discuss politics at the GOP retreat in Baltimore that starts Thursday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Fresh off two crucial special election wins in North Carolina, House Republicans head to Baltimore on Thursday for their delayed annual retreat, prepared to spend some quality time discussing how they plan to win back the majority in 2020.

Some of that planning will most certainly involve policy discussions about contrasting their proposals on jobs and the economy, health care, technology, energy and the environment, and other issues with what they often refer to as the Democrats’ “socialist” ideas. But a good chunk of the gathering, which will run from Thursday afternoon through Saturday morning, will be about assessing the political landscape. 

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Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., left, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., along with members of the House Freedom Caucus hold a news conference on Affordable Care Act replacement legislation on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., are seen in the Capitol after a bill signing ceremony for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 on August 1, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

“Baltimore, my Baltimore,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi proclaimed with joy. 

The California Democrat was walking through the Capitol on Thursday after a bill enrollment ceremony for a bipartisan budget deal that had just passed the Senate (the House passed it the week prior) when reporters asked her about President Donald Trump’s persistent attacks on her hometown of Baltimore and one of its veteran representatives, Maryland Democrat Elijah E. Cummings

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President Donald Trump, accompanied by Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, right, speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday July 12, 2019. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)