Donald Trump (Republican Party)
Donald J. Trump is an American businessman with interests in real estate, sports and entertainment. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance. Mr. Trump has authored over fifteen bestsellers, and his first book, The Art of the Deal, is considered a business classic and one of the most successful business books of all time. His portfolio of properties include the historic Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida and his collection of golf courses which span the U.S from Los Angeles to New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Florida, and internationally from Scotland and Ireland to Dubai.
Trump Hotel Collection has grown to include properties in Chicago, Las Vegas, Waikiki, Panama and Toronto in addition to Trump SoHo/New York and Trump International Hotel & Tower.
Mr. Trump is the Emmy-nominated star and co-producer of the reality television series, "The Apprentice."
Mr. Trump was born in Queens, New York. He is married to Melania Trump and father to Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany and Barron. He is a grandfather of seven.
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On the Issues: Public Statements
FOOD STAMPS: "The food stamp program was originally created as temporary assistance for families with momentary times of need. And it shouldn't be needed often. Thankfully, 96 percent of America's poor parents say their children never suffer even a day of hunger. But when half of food stamp recipients have been on the dole for nearly a decade, something is clearly wrong, and some of it has to do with fraud. The really infuriating thing is that the Obama administration doesn't seem to care about how taxpayers are being shaken down by this outrageously mismanaged government program. The blatant waste of taxpayers' dollars doesn't bother Obama, because it's all part of his broader nanny-state agenda. Perhaps that's why his administration doesn't give a rip about policing fraud or administering responsible oversight-he's buying votes." (Trump. 2011)
Trump, D. (2011) Time to Get Tough. Regnery.
DEBT AND DEFICIT:
"Now, thanks to fracking and other things, the oil is all over the place. And I used to say it, there are ships at sea, and this was during the worst crisis, that were loaded up with the oil and the cartel kept the price up. Because again, they were smarter than our leaders...there is so much wealth out there that can make our country so rich again, and therefore make it great again, because we need money, we're dying, we're dying, we need money, we have to do it. And we need the right people...this is going to be an election, in my opinion, that's based on competence." (Trump, 2015)
CLIMATE CHANGE: "Well, first of all, I’m not a believer in global warming. And I’m not a believer in man-made global warming. It could be warming, and it’s going to start to cool at some point. And you know, in the early, in the 1920s, people talked about global cooling. I don’t know if you know that or not. They thought the Earth was cooling. Now, it’s global warming. And actually, we’ve had times where the weather wasn’t working out, so they changed it to extreme weather, and they have all different names, you know, so that it fits the bill. But the problem we have, and if you look at our energy costs, and all of the things that we’re doing to solve a problem that I don’t think in any major fashion exists. I mean, Obama thinks it’s the number one problem of the world today. And I think it’s very low on the list. So I am not a believer, and I will, unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe there’s weather. I believe there’s change, and I believe it goes up and it goes down, and it goes up again. And it changes depending on years and centuries, but I am not a believer, and we have much bigger problems." (Trump, 2015)
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. When asked if he would have shutdown the government rather than funding Planned Parenthood: "Well, I can tell you this, I would and I was also in support. If the Republicans stuck together, you could have done it with Obamacare also but the Republicans decided not to stick together and they left a few people out there like Ted Cruz. You know, they left a lot of the people the really went in and wanted to do the job. You know what, if they stuck together they would have won that battle. I think you have to in this case also, yes." (Trump, 2015)
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT/OBAMACARE: "As far as Obamacare is concerned, it's a disaster. It is really kicking in in '16, it is going to be a tremendous negative for the country. And here's the problem, it's terrible. The rates are going up through the roof, you look at every aspect of Obamacare it's just not working. And there are a lot of people who still don't have insurance, and the people who had good insurance now have bad insurance. Their deductibles are through the roof, their rates are through the roof, and I hear more and more complaints. Another thing that nobody talks about is doctors, I know so many doctors that are going to retire, they don't want to do it. One of my friends who's a doctor said 'you know what, I have more accountants than I have nurses,' because of the complexity of it. So it really does have to be changed, and ideally repealed and replaced...I want healthcare for everyone, and that's where I may be a little bit different than some of the people. You can't let the people in this country that are the poor people, the people without the money or the resources, go without healthcare. I just can't even imagine you're sick, and you can't even go to a doctor." (Trump, 2015)
"Rebuild the country’s infrastructure. Nobody can do that like me. Believe me. It will be done on time, on budget, way below cost, way below what anyone ever thought. I look at the roads being built all over the country, and I say I can build those things for one-third. What they do is unbelievable, how bad...So we have to rebuild our infrastructure, our bridges, our roadways, our airports. You come into La Guardia Airport, it’s like we’re in a third world country. You look at the patches and the 40-year-old floor. They throw down asphalt, and they throw. You look at these airports, we are like a third world country. And I come in from China and I come in from Qatar and I come in from different places, and they have the most incredible airports in the world. You come to back to this country and you have LAX, disaster. You have all of these disastrous airports. We have to rebuild our infrastructure." (Trump, 2015)
TAXES AND REGULATION:
"My 5-part tax plan involves reforming the income tax. The government confiscates way too much of your paycheck. The tax code is also a very complicated system that forces Americans to waste 6.1 billion hours a year trying to figure it out.
What does that tell you? It tells me that it's time we restore simplicity & sanity to the income tax. Here's my income tax plan:
- Up to $30,000, you pay 1%
- From $30,000 to $100,000, you pay 5%
- From $100,000 to $1 million, you pay 10%
- On $1 million or above, you pay 15%
It's clear and fair. Best of all, it can be filled out on the back of a postcard and will save Americans big bucks on accountants and massive amounts of time wasted attempting to decipher the tax code.
Our country is hungry for real tax reform. That's why we should implement the 1-5-10-15 income tax plan. And we need to enact [the rest of] my 5-part tax policy: kill the death tax; lower the tax on capital gains & dividends; eliminate corporate taxes; and a 20% import tax."
Trump, D. (2011) Time to get tough: making America #1 again. Regnery.
On NAFTA: "It's a disaster. We will either renegotiate it or break it because you know every agreement has an end. Every agreement has to be fair. Every agreement has a defraud claim. We're being defrauded by all these countries." (Trump 2015)
On Tariffs: "Let's say Ford moves to Mexico, if they want to sell that car in the United States, then they pay a tax. Here's what's going to happen: they aren't going to build their plant there, they'll build it in the United States." (Trump 2015)
COMMON CORE: "I am totally against Common Core." (Trump, 2015)
"End— end Common Core. Common Core should— it is a disaster. Bush is totally in favor of Common Core. I don’t see how he can possibly get the nomination. He’s weak on immigration. He’s in favor of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can’t do it. We have to end education has to be local." (Trump, 2015)
EDUCATION: "Education has to be local." (Trump, 2015)
IMMIGRATION: “When politicians talk about “immigration reform” they mean: amnesty, cheap labor and open borders. The Schumer-Rubio immigration bill was nothing more than a giveaway to the corporate patrons who run both parties. Real immigration reform puts the needs of working people first – not wealthy globetrotting donors. We are the only country in the world whose immigration system puts the needs of other nations ahead of our own. That must change. Here are the three core principles of real immigration reform:
1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.
2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.
3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans." (Trump, 2015)