INDIANAPOLIS – After laying out a plan to defeat ISIS during a policy speech in Youngstown Ohio, Donald Trump and Gov. Mike Pence traveled to Evansville for a high-priced private fundraiser.
According to the invitation, the event hosted at the home of Steven Chancellor, included notable Indiana Republicans and cost between $10,000 and $250,000 per couple to attend.
Higher-priced tickets included a round-table and photo-op with Trump and Pence.
“I think tonight it’s all about money for the most part,” Tim Swarens said, columnist for the Indianapolis Star. “Trump actually had a good month. It’s one of the few things, he had a good month in July raising money, and they’re going to continue to try keeping that momentum going tonight.”
The money comes during a period some see as a critical moment for the campaign.
This weekend, the Wall Street Journal editorial board said Trump “needs to stop blaming everyone else and decide if he wants to behave like someone who wants to be President – or turn the nomination over to Mike Pence.”
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Pence was asked about an electorate questioning a Trump presidency.
“I would say, stay tuned,” Pence said. “Very early in the campaign.”
The National Journal recently reported Trump’s campaign has requested television ad rates in 17 states including Indiana, while Hillary Clinton is expanding operations in historically Republican states like Arizona and Georgia.
In Indiana, Clinton’s Indianapolis field office is back open, volunteers canvassed this weekend, and those close to the campaign have said Clinton’s team is watching the Hoosier state closely to potentially shift resources to Indiana as well, although that final decision has yet to be made.
“I don’t think we should rule it out,” Swarens said. “They’re looking to expand the map. They have opportunities possibly in Arizona, Georgia and Utah, again reliably red states. They’re going to put resources in those states because they think can pick them off and lock up perhaps a landslide in November.”
Recent public polling hasn’t focused specifically on Indiana.
Pence will continue campaigning across the country this week, with scheduled stops in New Mexico, Nevada and New Hampshire.