DETROIT — Donald Trump sought to get his stumbling campaign back on track Monday by unveiling a tax plan that would align with proposals from House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Trump’s new proposal would more than halve the number of income tax brackets and reduce rates across the board to 12%, 25% and 33%. That’s higher than the 0%, 10% and 20% backers he proposed last year along with a 25% rate on top earners.
The Republican nominee, who was repeatedly interrupted by protestors, unveiled his plan a week after he feuded with Ryan, initially refusing to endorse him as he faces a primary challenge. He ultimately backed Ryan on Friday after a tumultuous week of intra-party fighting.
Speaking at the Detroit Economic Club Monday, Trump laid out proposals to achieve an American “economic renewal,” including a moratorium on government regulations, a proposal to make childcare expenses fully tax deductible, and other proposals his campaign argued will benefit the middle class.
“It’s a conversation about how to make America great again for everyone and, especially, and I say especially, for those who have the very least,” Trump said.
Trump’s speech, in which he offered detailed policy proposals rarely heard in his typical stump speech, came as the Republican is facing steeply declining poll numbers following two bad weeks on the campaign trail during which he repeatedly stoked controversies that distracted from his core campaign message.
Trump consistently contrasted his plan with Hillary Clinton’s. The Democratic nominee is also set to lay out her own economic proposals in Detroit in a major address on Thursday.
Trump was also set to end environmental regulations established by President Barack Obama, seek to restart the Keystone XL pipeline project, and withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, according to an outline of his speech his campaign provided.
He will also confirm his opposition to free trade plans, calling for withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“This is where we need to drill down and keep talking about over and over again,” former Rep. Jack Kingston, a Trump adviser, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day” Monday.
“You know 67% of the people recently polled said they do not like the track that America’s on, they’re uncomfortable, and he’s speaking to them and he’s taking responsibility and he says, ‘I’m going to be a jobs president, I’m going to reduce regulations on small businesses and I’m going to cut their taxes, I’m going to allow America to grow’,” he added. “We do not need a third term of Obamanomics.”
Clinton has been pulling away from Trump in recent polling, following his disastrous battle with the parents of slain Iraq War veteran Capt. Humayun Khan. The latest CNN Poll of Polls shows Clinton beating Trump 49%-39% nationwide.
But a CNN poll in June and a more recent Fox News survey found that voters trust Trump more than Clinton on the economy.
The Clinton campaign fired off a blast against the Trump plan Monday morning before his speech, arguing that it was rooted in big tax breaks for corporations and businesses and would likely lead to a recession.
“A Trump presidency would cause damage to the American economy and working families,” Clinton’s economic advisers argue in the memo.
Clinton running mate Tim Kaine tweeted Monday, “Donald Trump is only in it for himself—just look at his economic plan.”
The Clinton campaign repeated many of the same blasts against Trump it has used before — arguing that he rooted for the housing crisis and would allow the U.S. to default on its debts. But they also pointed out the areas where they diverge, hinting at her own rollout later this week, by noting Trump doesn’t support debt-free college, paid family leave or a federal minimum wage.