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This article outlines President Trump’s positions on the major issues.

  1. People know the president said he would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – and he did.
  2. President Trump said would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico – and he did.
  3. Trump stands for lower taxes, stronger law enforcement, cutting government regulation and eliminating red tape.
  4. The president thinks the Federal Reserve shouldn’t raise interest rates as fast as it is or it will cause a recession.

If you think about it, you probably know President Trump’s positions on almost every major issue. And obviously, he has doubled down on immigration as the make-or-break issue for him and his party. Then we’re treated to some criticism of Democrats:

What exactly does Barack Obama stand for? Bernie Sanders at least has free college as an idea you can remember, albeit vague. What about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.?

Other than investigations and impeachment, what are the Democrats running on? They have made an issue of health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions. Trump has said he too would cover them. The Democratic idea is not a health-care plan, but an attack. Nor do Democrats have an economic plan many people can remember. Nor a plan on immigration. Nor a plan to deal with jobs migrating to China and Mexico.

Republicans in swing districts should spend the last few days constantly asking these questions. It isn’t because they’ll flip hard-core Democrats. The goal should be to excite and entice independent voters to vote.

If I asked who made these comments, who would you bet made them? Karl Rove? These criticisms weren’t made by Rove or any other Republican. They were made by Mark Penn, Clinton’s old pollster. Here’s how he finished out the article:

It looks like the Democrats will likely win majority control of the House in the midterm elections. So the battle of insults vs. issues may be moot in today’s rough-and-tumble politics. But if the Republicans win more seats in the Senate, that will be a victory compared to what happened in 1994 or 2010.

As surprising as it was in 2016, there’s only one candidate really running on detailed issue positions and he is not even on the ballot this year. Given how the presidential election turned out, it’s all the more surprising that the Democrats would again leave themselves open on the ideas front. Voters want progress, not just partisanship.

Frankly, I’m skeptical of the Democrats winning the House. Still, while I disagree with Penn on that prediction, I wholeheartedly agree with him when he says “voters want progress, not just partisanship.” I’d also add that nonpartisans see something in Trump that Democrats don’t see. It isn’t that nonpartisans think he’s a nice guy that they want their son to emulate. It’s that they appreciate the things he’s accomplished.

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