CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio-- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and running mate Gov. Mike Pence are expected to campaign in Northeast Ohio Wednesday morning.
Trump and Pence are set to take part in a discussion with pastors in the sanctuary of New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights at 9 a.m.
Trump is then expected to participate in the taping of a town hall discussion focusing on issues affecting African-American and urban voters to air on the Fox News Channel program "Hannity," Wednesday night, according to the church’s pastor, Dr. Darrell Scott.
Scott said the event was moved to Cleveland from Columbus on Sunday to provide adequate space for the taping of the Fox News town hall. Scott is a long-time Trump supporter and friend who delivered a passionate speech at the Republican National Convention in July.
“It's easy for me to support Donald Trump because I know Donald Trump,” Scott said. “I know he's not xenophobic; I know he's not misogynistic; I know he's not racist.”
Trump organization Executive Vice President Michael Cohen will host the “Midwest Vision and Values Pastors and Leadership Conference.”
Scott said he expected several hundred pastors from across the state to attend, with all pastors and church leaders welcome, regardless of political party.
“I'm extending to you an open invitation if you're a pastor of a church, if you're a church leader,” Scott said.
He said pastors participating in the conference will have the chance to question Trump and Pence on issues including the Supreme Court, health care, and religious freedom.
“We're going to be asking him things we feel are not only pertinent to the community of faith but pertinent to our society as a whole,” Scott said.
It's a chance for Trump to appeal to the African-American community, which historically overwhelmingly favors democratic candidates. Several prominent local African-American clergy have voiced opposition to Trump.