Donald Trump comes across as an economic optimist. He describes his proposals in terms so people can understand how his plan may improve their lives, especially his economic plans.
According to the chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, Steve Forbes, this is a key to how Trump differentiates himself from the other candidates, and succeeds with voters.
On economic issues after Trumps strong New York primary victory, Forbes said, “He [Donald Trump] has come across as the economic optimist. You saw it again in his speech last night. He’s going after the Federal Reserve. The Fed has got a lot to answer for. I don’t know if Trump is going to give a speech where he flushes that out.”
“Cruz is starting to do the same thing,” he continued. “What Cruz has to do in these remaining primaries is become more about the message than the messenger.”
Forbes said Trump’s positions are clearly defined. “When you talk about Trump, oh, he’s going to this about trade, he’s going to cure that. But the other candidates… what do the others stand for? You’re hard put to define them. They never clearly define themselves the way Reagan did in ’80.”
Trump makes clear the benefits people will enjoy as a result of what he’ll do. He says, “We’re going to bring back jobs. Your incomes are going to go up. They’re not going to take advantage of you any more.’ He always says related to how it’s going to improve your life. And that’s what the other have not done.
Ted Cruz talks about the flat tax. He should lead with it. But you have to relate it to ‘this is what it’s going to do to your salary’ so people have a take away, a real tangible take away of what that means for them.”
When discussion turned to who Trump might pick for a vice presidential running mate, Forbes said Trump would do “something totally out of the box” and suggested he might pick someone like former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
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