Trump on Economics and Birthing; Latest Polls

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gestures as he speaks to the Economic Club of New York luncheon in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 15, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump gave what some media say was his best speech on economics. Trump addressed the Economic Club Of New York yesterday, saying he believed farmers, for example, would favor a complete overhaul and change of federal regulations rather than a tax cut from 35% to 15%.

Trump also spoke to the Washington Post where the topic of President Obama’s birth certificate came up.

Where things get murky is what Trump said and what his campaign says he said.

You decide.

Bloomberg TV:  In today’s “Morning Must Read,” Bloomberg’s David Westin and Megan Murphy highlight the main themes in Donald Trump’s economic plan. They speak on “Bloomberg ‹GO›.”


New York PostTrump should give this speech every day to Nov. 8

Donald Trump made his best case yet for his presidential candidacy Thursday. In a speech to the New York Economic Club, he tamped down on needless populism and zeroed in on the No. 1 issue affecting Americans: the anemic Obama economy and Hillary Clinton’s bizarre embrace of the policies that caused it.

Now, if he can only give a variation of that speech every day until Election Day.

Voters have “trustworthiness” issues with both candidates. But when you drill down on what Americans care most about, it’s the economy. And this is where Hillary is possibly at her weakest, supporting and at times promising to expand upon the policies that have given the country low growth, massive under-employment and putrid wage growth for the vast middle class.

ReutersTrump biofuel proposals echo those of backer Icahn

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to weigh into a debate over a controversial U.S. biofuels program with a proposal that would back the position of billionaire investor Carl Icahn, one of his wealthiest backers.

In a factsheet on economic policy, the Trump campaign slammed a system of buying and selling biofuel blending credits that it said was bankrupting smaller oil refiners.

The system is a central part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the federal program that requires fuel sold in the United States to contain a minimum volume of biofuels, such as ethanol.

The comments were later removed from the Trump campaign website. A Trump spokesman said an incorrect version of the factsheet was temporarily placed online. He said Trump remains committed to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Washington PostTrump bullish as poll numbers rise, won’t say Obama was born in United States

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said in an interview here that he remains unwilling to say that President Obama was born in the United States, that he is more bullish than ever on his chances to win and that he is not exploring the launch of a new media company in case he loses the race.

Trump also made a far-from-subtle push — in the interview and in a letter from his doctor released Thursday — to be seen as vigorous and healthy, as his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, returned to the campaign trail after being treated for mild pneumonia.

In the interview, conducted late Wednesday aboard his private plane as it idled on the tarmac here, Trump suggested he is not eager to change his pitch or his positions even as he works to reach out to minority voters, many of whom are deeply offended by his long-refuted suggestion that Obama is not a U.S. citizen. Trump refused to say whether he believes Obama was born in Hawaii.

NPRTrump Still Won’t Say He Believes Obama Born In U.S. Despite Campaign Claim He Does

Donald Trump refused to say whether he believes President Obama was born in the United States in an interview with The Washington Post on Thursday.

But in a statement hours later from the GOP nominee’s spokesman, the campaign claimed Trump does indeed believe the president was born in Hawaii.

The ongoing “birther” saga is one that’s spanned years, going back to 2011, when Trump very publicly embraced the conspiracy theory about the country’s first African-American president.

New York TimesDonald Trump Again Won’t Acknowledge Obama Was Born in U.S.

Late Thursday, in an effort at damage control, a Trump spokesman issued a statement saying that “Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States.”

But the statement, by Jason Miller, a senior communications adviser, goes on to falsely blame Hillary Clinton for starting rumors about Mr. Obama’s birth in the 2008 campaign, and it then called her “weak” for not getting the question answered.

The statement actually credits Mr. Trump for settling the issue, saying — again falsely — that he “obtained” Mr. Obama’s birth certificate, which the president released in 2011.

PoliticoTrump on Obama’s citizenship: ‘We have to keep the suspense going, OK?

Donald Trump passed up yet another opportunity to say he accepts the fact that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, promising to make a “major statement” on Friday morning in front of his latest hotel project and telling Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo, “We have to keep the suspense going, OK?

But he also blamed his opponent Hillary Clinton for raising doubts about Obama’s birthplace during the 2008 campaign, despite no evidence that she did so.

From RealClearPolitics

National Polling Data

Poll Date Sample MoE
Clinton (D)
Trump (R)
RCP Average 8/26 – 9/15 45.7 44.2 Clinton +1.5
FOX News 9/11 – 9/14 867 LV 3.0 45 46 Trump +1
LA Times/USC Tracking 9/9 – 9/15 2497 LV 4.5 41 47 Trump +6
CBS News/NY Times 9/9 – 9/13 1433 LV 3.0 46 44 Clinton +2
Economist/YouGov 9/10 – 9/13 926 RV 4.0 46 44 Clinton +2
Quinnipiac 9/8 – 9/13 960 LV 3.2 48 43 Clinton +5
Reuters/Ipsos 9/8 – 9/12 1127 LV 3.3 40 39 Clinton +1
NBC News/SM 9/5 – 9/11 16220 RV 1.1 48 44 Clinton +4
ABC News/Wash Post 9/5 – 9/8 642 LV 4.5 51 43 Clinton +8
CNN/ORC 9/1 – 9/4 786 LV 3.5 48 49 Trump +1
IBD/TIPP 8/26 – 9/1 861 LV 3.4 44 43 Clinton +1

All General Election: Trump vs. Clinton Polling Data

Florida Polling Data

Poll Date Sample MoE
Trump (R)
Clinton (D)
RCP Average 8/19 – 9/12 45.1 44.4 Trump +0.7
CNN/ORC 9/7 – 9/12 788 LV 3.5 50 46 Trump +4
JMC Analytics* 9/7 – 9/8 781 LV 3.5 46 42 Trump +4
CBS News/YouGov* 9/7 – 9/9 1193 LV 3.5 42 44 Clinton +2
Quinnipiac 8/29 – 9/7 761 LV 3.6 47 47 Tie
PPP (D) 9/4 – 9/6 744 LV 3.6 46 47 Clinton +1
Mason-Dixon* 8/22 – 8/24 625 LV 4.0 42 44 Clinton +2
Florida Atlantic University* 8/19 – 8/22 1200 LV 2.7 43 41 Trump +2

All Florida: Trump vs. Clinton Polling Data