Mr. Trump's support may be crucial in the central OH district, where Balderson and O'Connor are close in recent polls.
President Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Lewis Center, Ohio.
Trump and Balderson headlined a rally in Ohio Saturday night, and Trump has promoted Balderson mutliple times on his Twitter page.
Kasich, speaking on ABC's "This Week", said he asked state Sen.
When Trump took the stage in a sweltering high school gymnasium north of Columbus, his late-night tweet deriding James' intellect had already generated hours of online buzz in defense of the all-star from Akron who had just opened a school for at-risk children in his hometown.
The president ended his tweet by saying "I like Mike!" - seeming to side with Michael Jordan in the debate over whether he or James is the greatest National Basketball Association player of all time.
Donald Trump Deletes Tweet After Urging Support for Candidate Who Isn't Even on the Ballot
Another GOP official said Trump's style is not conducive to building up the featured candidates. The attack on James, who has been critical of Trump, came just as the National Basketball Association superstar opened up a school for underprivileged children. "And I became president and they didn't". The statement didn't criticize Trump. The seat opened up when Republican Rep.
Hutchinson, who a full-throated endorsement of Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention, is in the sparse opinion polls.
He again attacked the news media and blamed them for incorrectly reporting that he was backing Rep. Steve Stivers in the special election - even though Trump himself in recent days had inadvertently tweeted his support for Stivers, who is in a different race, before correcting himself.
Trump was traveling Saturday to OH to hold a rally for state Sen. Troy Balderson, who is running for Congress.
Accompanying the president's team aboard Air Force One en route to the rally is Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director.