Posted: 8:28 pm Sunday, August 7th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
In a campaign that has for the most part lacked extensive debates on policy details, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will take time this week before the Detroit Economic Club to lay out their competing thoughts on economic growth.
Trump will speak in Detroit on Monday, while Clinton will get her chance before the same group on Thursday.
“Donald Trump plans pivot to economy,” read the headline on Sunday from the Wall Street Journal, which was a welcome change from what has been maybe the most turbulent week in his bid for President, when Trump repeatedly battled with other Republicans, leaving himself off message for a number of days.
“Donald Trump’s no good, horrible, very bad week,” was how the Clinton campaign labeled it on Twitter.
Trump has tried to find some solid ground by going after Clinton and the news media in recent days:
I am not just running against Crooked Hillary Clinton, I am running against the very dishonest and totally biased media – but I will win!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2016
One of Trump’s economic plans has raised eyebrows among Republicans, as Trump has talked about an even bigger plan than Hillary Clinton to rebuild roads, highways and bridges – upwards of $1 trillion.
Much smaller plans have been repeatedly put forward by President Obama, but Republicans in Congress – and even Democrats – have shied away from approving infrastructure plans that have been as small as $50 billion.
The two candidates though will be in much different places when they speak this week on tax cuts, as Trump is expected to lay out the biggest tax reductions since the Reagan Administration.
Democrats, though, have made clear their opposition to deep tax cuts, arguing it is benefiting the wealthy in America, not those looking for work.
And Clinton will get to make those points in what basically amounts to part economic speech, part rebuttal later in the week.
Trump backers had thought that their candidate would have a distinct advantage over Clinton on the economy, given that he is a businessman – but the polls do not show an edge at this point:
Trust more to handle the economy:
(ABC/Washington Post Poll, 8/1-4)
Details & trend: https://t.co/S6rQdpk3T5
— PollingReport.com (@pollreport) August 7, 2016
One thing to note about Trump coming into this week is that he is much more on message than a week ago – that’s exactly what Republicans want.
Whether Trump can continue to have message discipline, that’s another story for another day.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.