Trump touts Pennsylvania GOP candidate Saccone as a 'great guy' as special election looms

The special election in Pennsylvania's 18th district will take place on March 13

Trump gave a speech touting the recently passed tax reform bill and the economy at the H&K Equipment Company in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, located in the state’s vacant 18th congressional district, which was held by Republican Tim Murphy until he was forced to resign after an embarrassing scandal.

"Rick is a great guy," Trump said, adding that he plans to return to the district before the March 13 special election to campaign for Saccone.

"I'll be back for Rick, and we're going to fill up a stadium and we're going to do something really special for Rick. I look forward to it," Trump said.

The visit to Pennsylvania comes as the President has said he wants to increase his engagement in the 2018 midterm cycle.

The Democrat’s campaign released its first television advertisement Thursday, which highlights Lamb’s military and legal experience, and also re-iterates his call for new congressional leadership in both parties.

The president’s visit comes as Republican anxiety about the 2018 midterms is only increasing, as Democrats are looking to seize on the momentum from recent victories in redder parts of the country like Alabama, where last month a Democrat was elected to the U.S. Senate for the first time in over two decades.