In Donald Trump’s Super Tuesday victory speech he previewed the type of candidate he will be in the fall.
Donald Trump has branded himself throughout his life as the master of the “deal,” and he plans to run similarly.
“At this moment, the answer is absolutely not,” said Trump when asked about whether he will change his plan to deport the 12 million illegal immigrants in the country.
Trump claims to remain firm in his plan to build a wall, and spoke of infrastructure issues during his speech. The New York real estate developer espoused praise for a potential high-speed rail system, and complained about crumbling bridges – reminiscent of rhetoric from President Obama.
He then spoke about his annoyance with corporate inversion, a method in which companies relocate millions of dollars overseas to avoid high American taxes. This is was another example he used that Democrats and Republicans both agree on and he could make a deal.
Trump believes that his leadership will allow for an end to congressional gridlock.
“I will make a great deal, and lots of great deals for the American people. You can’t go around just signing our little notices that the president signs all the times – executive orders,” he added. “Does [Obama] ever go and deal with Congress anymore? Does he ever speak with the Senate?
“When you have something that everybody wants and you can’t make a deal, there’s something going on that’s really wrong, and what it means is you have the wrong leader.”
Not only will he be “negotiator-in-chief,” Trump will also use his outsider status to contrast himself with Hillary Clinton.
“I watched Hillary’s speech, and she’s talking about wages are poor, and everything is poor,” he added. “She’s been there for so long, I mean if she hasn’t straightened it out by now, she’s not going to straighten it out in the next four years. It’s just going to become worse and worse.”
While in the primary, Trump’s prior views on abortion and gay marriage have hurt him, in the general against Hillary, it would not be as much of a liability.
Trump said Tuesday in Mar-a-Lago, “Planned Parenthood has done very good work for millions of women and I’ll say it. I’m a conservative but I’m a common-sense conservative, but we’re not going to fund it as along as we have abortion going on at Planned Parenthood.”
He added, “I’m going to be really good for women, I’m going to be good for women’s health issues, its very important for me.”
Donald Trump also said he is responsible for a new Republican Party: “The Republican Party has become more dynamic, it’s become more diverse, we’re taking from the Democrats, we’re taking from the independents, we have a lot more people!”
“We’re going to do great with the African-Americans, and you see that in the polls.”
While Clinton is running on a counter-message of “making America whole again,” Trump describes himself as a “unifier,” and will likely run on that through November.