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Ivanka Trump portrays father as leader at Quincy campaign event

Ivanka Trump, center, appears at the start of the first presidential debate Monday along with Melania Trump and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Ivanka Trump was in Quincy Wednesday campaigning for her father during a stop at the Ambiance. | AP Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 28, 2016 5:45 pm Updated: Sep. 28, 2016 6:08 pm

QUINCY -- "An incredibly hard worker ... a builder ... a problem solver."

Ivanka Trump used those words to describe her father, Donald Trump, as she spoke to about 300 people Wednesday at the Ambiance.

The 34-year-old is executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization. A mother of three, Ivanka Trump has been helping her father's presidential campaign by telling about growing up in the home of the billionaire developer.

"My parents have been incredible role models," she said.

She told how she used to call Donald Trump collect when he was traveling.

"He would always take my call and put it on speaker," she said. "There might be heads of state, or they might be in the middle of tense negotiations."

She has seen Donald Trump in work environments for the past decade and describes him as someone who "outworks anyone" and is very involved in his business dealings, even after he delegates authority to the best people he can find.

"There are people who manage and people who lead," and Donald Trump is a leader, she said.

Ivanka Trump asked that people read the campaign website about the candidate's plans for child care benefits.

Trump's position papers call for six weeks of paid maternity leave for employees whose employers don't already offer leave. Payments would be provided through unemployment insurance. Parents would be able to deduct the average cost of child care from taxes. Similar costs can be deducted for people caring for elderly dependent relatives. Lower-income parents would receive child care rebates through the Earned Income Tax Credit.

News reports from the unveiling of Trump's child and elder care plans indicate that he told an audience in Iowa that Ivanka Trump had made it an issue.

"She is the one who has been pushing for it so hard: 'Daddy, Daddy, we have to do this.' She's very smart. And she's right," the candidate said earlier this month.

Ivanka Trump said she would like to return to Quincy -- or any place known as the Gem City.

Although she is encouraged by recent polls that show Trump is either close to or leading Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Ivanka Trump said her father will keep working hard to connect directly with people. She said he spoke to 20,000 people in Florida this week.

"He's broken 30-year-old records set by Elton John" for filling some stadiums, she said.

During her talk, Ivanka Trump sat on a platform with Republican state Senate candidate Jil Tracy asking her questions that are part of Trump campaign events.

Audience members applauded when Gerry Kettler, an event organizer, used Trump's campaign catchphrase, "Make America great again."

Charlotte Tournear of Quincy was there to support Trump. She wanted to hear the candidate talk about handling the national debt and securing the southern border. Tournear thinks the topics are intertwined, with costs of illegal immigrants adding to the debt.

Becky Weed also was in the audience. Although she said Trump was not her first choice for Republican nominee, she is frightened by the thought of what Clinton would do if elected.

"I'm looking for (Trump) to run the country like a business and pull us out of a huge hole we've gotten into," Weed said.