Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jimmy Carter: To beat Trump, Democrats can not scare off moderates

Jimmy Carter: To beat Trump, Democrats can not scare off moderates

They would make good on President Trump's repeated calls on Congress to go beyond the $1.5 trillion package he signed past year and give Americans more breaks.

People walk by the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2018.

The legislation - released as Republicans are at risk of losing their majority in the House - is seen as a last-ditch effort by GOP lawmakers to convince voters of the benefits of their new tax code.

Independent voters' view of Trump may play a key role in the coming midterm elections, with key races in the House, Senate, and for governorships in dead heats or with a spread of a few points.

It would also eliminate the maximum age for some retirement account contributions and let new businesses write off more start-up costs.

This new reform package would make cuts to individual tax rates permanent and lock in the new standard deductibles of $12,000 for an individual and twice that for a married couple.

The poll finds that 50 percent of voters would cast their ballot for a Democrat, while only 38 percent would vote for a GOP candidate in their district.

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They have sat in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Maria, ever since, he said in a Facebook post. Cruz quickly responded, implying that the president was out of touch with what had really happened in Puerto Rico.

House Republicans should worry about Trump's approval rating drop, if it holds through November.

Republicans insist Trump's tax overhaul and actions to deregulate industry are boosting the economy.

Asked whether they believe that Trump "should be impeached and removed from office", or not, 47% said Trump should be impeached while 48% said they don't feel that way.

"Passage is not automatic", he added.

The new tax law enacted in December provides steep tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, and more modest reductions for middle- and low-income individuals and families. "Republicans gave Congress nearly a full decade to extend these individual tax cuts before they expire", notes The Washington Post's Jeff Stein, "but the law's mediocre polling numbers and the hard election outlook for House Republicans have increased their sense of urgency".

Under Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress, the federal deficit has begun growing rapidly again and is expected to blow through $1 trillion in 2019.

One interesting contrast in the data: Trump fares slightly better in perceptions of his ability to manage the government generally than his ability to manage his own White House.

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