Reprinted from Campaign For America's Future
When voters investigate a candidate, they traditionally want to know what policies that candidate proposes to pursue. What will that person try to achieve in office? What will our lives be like if we elect that person? Most importantly, how do they plan to achieve their goals?
Often candidates provide voters short, crisp summaries of their proposals. But experts and media want to look deeper into the details, so they can tell the public if they should trust the impression given by the brief statements. So, candidates issue policy position papers containing data to back up their claims and arguments.
Trump On Actual Policy
Republican presidential assumed-nominee Donald Trump is a different kind of candidate from previous major-party candidates, for almost any level of office. The "major-party" designation here is to differentiate "serious" political parties from parties like "The Rent Is Too Damn High Party" and its candidate, Jimmy McMillan:
Well, to be fair, there was this, from an actual "major party" candidate for the Senate:
Trump's political rise was propelled almost entirely by media coverage of Republican debates, his rallies and his phone calls to TV and radio shows. Trump was able to gain sufficient exposure to dominate the Republican primaries. There was no real "campaign," very little "ground game," just media coverage of rambling "speeches," tweets and bluster.
On actual policy positions, Trump's campaign appears to be similarly oriented. There is very little there there, just extensive media coverage. If you go to his website, all you can find are videos of him saying things like "trust me," because "it will be beautiful."
Visit Trump's issues section of his website. You will find several short videos here he says very little of substance.
Jobs, for example: "I create jobs. " I'll do that for you " I will be the greatest jobs-producing president that God ever created..."
Here's what he says about the military: "I'm going to make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody, absolutely nobody is going to mess with us."
His website also contains a "Positions" section, containing some position papers that offer a few more details.