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Melania Trump Makes Rare Stump Speech for Husband Donald Trump on Philly's Main Line

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    NBC10’s Deanna Durante is in Chester County where Melania Trump gave her first solo event and speech since July. (Published Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016)

    Donald Trump's wife, Melania, made a rare appearance on the campaign trail Thursday, delivering a get-out-the-vote speech in the Philadelphia suburbs with less than a week to go before Election Day.

    Melania Trump made remarks at a Thursday afternoon rally at the Main Line Sports Center in Berwyn, Chester County.

    Melania Trump celebrated her immigrant story saying that, growing up in her native Slovenia, "America was the word for freedom and opportunity."

    Speaking Thursday outside Philadelphia, Mrs. Trump described her decision to move to the United States and eventually earn citizenship "as the greatest privilege in the world."

    Mrs. Trump was introduced by her husband's running mate's wife, Karen Pence, who praised Mrs. Trump as "amazing" and "strong"

    She said: "I know that America will fall in love with her, just as much as she loves the American people."

    Mrs. Trump says that, if she becomes first lady, she'd focus on combating online bullying as part of her work as an advocate for women and children.

    "Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers," she said.

    She said that it's "absolutely unacceptable" when children are mocked, bullied and attacked online anonymously.Melania Trump Comes to Main LineMelania Trump Comes to Main LineMelania Trump, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, will hold a rally at the Main Line Sports Center in Berwyn on Thursday afternoon. It is her first major public speech since the summer. (Published Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016)

    Mrs. Trump's goals may seem at odds with her husband, who has a long history of using Twitter to insult people.

    Mrs Trump said: "We have to find a better way to talk to each other, to disagree with each other, to respect each other."

    The speech comes as Trump's rival Hillary Clinton and her allies have tried to paint the Republican nominee as anti-women, a strategy Democrats see as the best hope for rattling him and driving female voters away.

    Thursday's speech was Mrs. Trump's first since she addressed the Republican National Convention in July. That speech was well-received initially, but was quickly overshadowed by the discovery that sections had been plagiarized from first lady Michelle Obama's address to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

    While Mrs. Trump has given several television interviews and appeared by her husband's side at events, the former model is more often seen than heard. She explains her frequent absence from the campaign trail by saying her priority is raising the couple's 10-year-old son, Barron.

    Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence have made several visits to the commonwealth as the campaign enters its final days. Donald Trump plans to hold a Friday night rally at the Giant Center in Hershey. (Click here to see Trump speak.)

    With 20 Electoral votes up for grabs, Pennsylvania is key to both Trump and Hillary Clinton on the road to 270 Electoral Votes.

    Clinton is to be at the Great Hall at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh in western Pennsylvania on Friday afternoon. She will then join her husband, former President Bill Clinton, President Barrack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in Philadelphia Monday night. Highlights From the 2016 Campaign TrailHighlights From the 2016 Campaign Trail