Written by Mark Weiner for Syracuse.com on August 21, 2020

Washington – Rep. Elise Stefanik said Friday she will deliver a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention next week in support of a second term for President Donald Trump.

Stefanik, who represents a North Country district, said she will use the headline slot to provide a critique of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, did not disclose the date or time of her speech, nor say how long she has been given to speak. She will deliver the address from the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

Trump called Stefanik, 36, a GOP rising star in November after she emerged as one of his most outspoken defenders during House impeachment hearings. Trump later selected Stefanik to serve on his impeachment defense team during his trial in the U.S. Senate.

Stefanik said Friday that North Country residents “enthusiastically support the president.” She said the number of campaign signs for Trump are proof of his popularity in the 21st Congressional District, which includes Watertown and Fort Drum in Jefferson County.

“As I have been working and campaigning in my district, I have seen thousands of Trump signs compared to just two signs for Joe Biden,” she said.

Stefanik is seeking a fourth-term in the November election. She faces Democrat Tedra Cobb of Canton in a rematch of the 2018 election.

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