Why Donald Trump Should Not Be Taken Seriously as a GOP Candidate and Should Not Be Included in the GOP Debates


Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC released the following statement after Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president:


“Donald Trump is a great entertainer and developer, but his ideas of what to do as president won’t grow the economy,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “The Club for Growth has issued very substantive and detailed white papers on the records of the major announced Republican candidates for president (see here).  There is no need to do a white paper on Donald Trump.  He is not a serious Republican candidate, and many of his positions make him better suited to take on Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. It would also be unfortunate if he takes away a spot at even one Republican debate. The 2016 Republican presidential field is already the most pro-growth in recent history, with great ideas for cutting taxes, repealing Obamacare and replacing it with patient-centered, free market reforms, and moving the country forward with free trade.”


Donald Trump, in his own words…


Trump on Health Care “We must have universal healthcare,” Trump wrote in his book, “I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one.” In an interview earlier this year he continued to applaud single payer health care systems used in other countries.


Trump on Taxes “I would impose a onetime, 14.25% tax on individuals and trusts with a net worth over $10 million,” Trump said. “For individuals, net worth would be calculated minus the value of their principal residence. That would raise $5.7 trillion in new revenue, which we would use to pay off the entire national debt.”


Trump on Trade Trump has called for “a 20% tax for importing goods,” and a “Twenty-five percent tax on China, unless they behave.”


Trump on Eminent Domain When asked about the 2005 case Kelo v. City of New London, that allowed economic development to be a legitimate reason for government to exercise eminent domain, Trump told Fox News (7/19/05), “I happen to agree with it 100 percent.” Trump was unsuccessful in his own attempt to have officials in New Jersey use eminent domain to condemn a home on property he wanted to buy for part of his hotel and casino.

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