Trump pitches tax cuts in Missouri

Chicago Sun-Times - - POLITICS - BY CATHER­INE LUCEY AND KEN THOMAS

SPRING­FIELD, Mo. — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump launched his fall push to over­haul the na­tion’s tax sys­tem by pledg­ing Wed­nes­day that the de­tails- to- come plan would “bring back Main Street” by re­duc­ing the crush­ing tax bur­den on mid­dle- class Amer­i­cans, mak­ing a pop­ulist ap­peal for a pro­posal ex­pected to heav­ily ben­e­fit cor­po­rate Amer­ica.

Trump said his vi­sion for rewrit­ing the tax sys­tem, a key cam­paign pledge, would un­lock stronger eco­nomic growth and ben­e­fit com­pa­nies and work­ers alike. He promised it would be “progrowth, pro- jobs, pro- worker and pro- Amer­i­can.”

True to form for the pres­i­dent, Trump dan­gled the prospect of the “big­gest ever” tax cut and warned that with­out it, “jobs in our coun­try can­not take off the way they should. And it could be much worse than that.”

Trump, who rarely trav­els to pro­mote his pol­icy agenda, chose to de­but his tax over­haul pitch be­fore em­ploy­ees at a man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Spring­field, Missouri, a com­mu­nity known as the birth­place of Route 66, one of the na­tion’s orig­i­nal high­ways, and one known as Amer­ica’s Main Street.

“This is where Amer­ica’s Main Street will be­gin its big, beau­ti­ful come­back,” the pres­i­dent de­clared.

The pres­i­dent used the of­fi­cial White House event to in­ject an overtly po­lit­i­cal mes­sage aimed at Missouri Demo­cratic Sen. Claire Mc- Caskill, a top Repub­li­can tar­get in next year’s elec­tions.

“We must lower our taxes, and your sen­a­tor, Claire McCaskill, she must do this for you. And if she doesn’t do it for you, you have got to vote her out of of­fice,” Trump said, draw­ing out each of the last five words for em­pha­sis.

Even be­fore Trump took the stage, Democrats laid down their own mark­ers for what the tax plan should look like .

enate Mi­nor­ity S Leader Chuck Schumer out­lined a se­ries of con­di­tions, telling re­porters the tax cuts should not go to the wealth­i­est 1 per­cent of Amer­i­cans. He added that the plan should not in­crease the bud­get deficit and should be writ­ten by both par­ties.

| MICHAEL B. THOMAS/ GETTY IMAGES

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump urges over­haul of the coun­try’s tax sys­tem on Wed­nes­day in Spring­field, Missouri.

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