Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani makes stop at Trump rally as Philadelphia remains focal point of election season

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Congressman Lou Barletta made a stop in Philadelphia on Monday night for an "Italian Americans for Trump Columbus Day Event."

The event began at 5 p.m. at the Trump Victory Northeast Philadelphia Field Office.

According to organizers, the event was meant to highlight President Donald Trump's accomplishments benefitting the Italian American community.

Giuliani also made an impromptu stop at Marconi Plaza on Monday, where a boarded up Christopher Columbus statue has been a magnet for protests calling for its removal.

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"There's no doubt about it, it's an important state. It's a state he won last time," Giuliani said of Pennsylvania.

Both Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have scheduled campaign stops in Pennsylvania this week.

"It's going to be a close race and these swing states like Pennsylvania are important in deciding that vote," said Ellenor Ashworth

Voters have been taking notice of the full on blitz, with three weeks until the election. Pennsylvania is the second largest ad market for Biden and the third largest for Trump and their PACS.

"Even if you open up YouTube you'll see a bunch of ads about Pennsylvania being a swing state and certain subsidiaries of each candidate saying how can we make this state swing in our direction," said Carlito Miller.
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