Trump's October Surprise for Dems Is New 'Middle Class Tax Cut'

Monday, 22 Oct, 2018

President Donald Trump's approval rating is on the rise, but Democrats hold a sizable advantage going into November's mid-term elections when people likely to vote are asked which party they want to control Congress.

As part of the so-called "Blue Wave", Democrats are anticipating picking up five governorships in the industrial Midwest as voters tire of the Republican Party and President Donald Trump. "Our tax code should reflect our values and instead of more tax breaks for the top 1% and corporations, we should be lifting up millions of American families".

Some strategists who have been advising Democrats on immigration issues have instructed them not to get drawn into a detailed debate by Republicans seeking to attack their positions, but to quickly pivot to friendlier terrain such as health care and wages. "They like the caravans".

"Did anybody see that bridge over the weekend?"

Trump arrived here on Marine One, disembarking a few steps ahead of McSally, who waved to the crowd less than 100 yards away. "I mean, is that an incredible situation?" On both sides, though, enthusiasm is at fever pitch. "And if we do that it'll be sometime just prior, I would say, to November".

Midterm polling averages narrow in the wake of the contentious confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh; insight from John McLaughlin, former pollster for the Trump campaign.

The Treasury Department has also been looking into a tax change that would not need congressional approval by studying whether to allow investment income - or capital gains - to be adjusted for inflation in a way that shields more of it from being taxed. In a tweet, the president said Heller had "become a good friend" who was "all about #MAGA".

As early voting in the pivotal state got underway, Trump appeared in rural Elko, wrapping up a swing of Western states where he campaigned for Republican candidates, while Biden was several hundred miles south in Las Vegas at a union local. "No, I would never do that, I would never insult him like that".

At Saturday's rally, the President lampooned political correctness, calling it "a insane phenomenon that's going on" and expressed regret at how closely his language is watched. Before coming to Elko, he held a rally in Mesa, Arizona. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) labeled the Saudi account "insulting", arguing no one "analyzing this with any type of intelligent background" would believe "a fist fight led to a dismemberment with a bone saw". "I said, 'I want to thank the great men that are here, and I want to thank the attractive women everyone lovely, everyone, '" he said. "It's clearly to motivate his base", but by reminding Democrats and anti-Trump independents of some of his least popular policies, he "could have the effect of activating them", he said. "It is a insane phenomenon that's going on".

While in Nevada, the former vice president also weighed on the homicide of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Women, Latinos, and young voters are fueling the Democrats lead over Republicans, even as the GOP receives high ratings for their work on the economy.