Trump Vows To Cut Education Funding

January 12, 2016 by  

Trump Vows To Cut Education Funding, In an interview with The Wall Street Journal and New Hampshire’s WMUR at a local diner here, the celebrity businessman said he would do “tremendous cutting” of the federal government if elected. Education policy, he said, should be returned to the states, and he said he would end the Common Core education standards, which conservatives view as federal overreach.

“Education should be local and locally managed,” said Mr. Trump, who also criticized the administration’s environmental policies. “The Environmental Protection Agency is the laughing stock of the world.”

Mr. Trump’s focus on domestic budgetary issues is a new plank in his presidential policy proposals. It is also one likely to appeal in New Hampshire where voters have long rewarded candidates who promise fiscal restraint and to reduce federal government spending.

The Republican front-runner also has been under pressure to specify how he would reduce government spending since releasing a tax plan late last year. Independent analysis of that proposal, which reduced tax rates for some and removed many from the tax rolls completely, concluded it would balloon the federal deficit.

The venue for his remarks was also relatively new. They were made during a rare appearance at the restaurant after holding a large town-hall meeting in a nearby town.

The former reality TV star greeted the Red Arrow Diner patrons, some of whom were wearing Trump T-shirts, praised the food and finished much of a well-cooked hamburger topped with fried macaroni and cheese.

When asked about his tendency to forgo grassroot campaign appearances, Mr. Trump said his rivals would prefer to convene rallies as well, but can’t draw on the same well of support.

“The reason the people do the small diners and everything is they can’t get anyone to show up, to be honest with you,” Mr. Trump said. “I would much rather do the large arenas because I can talk to more people. I am able to do it, whereas other people can’t.”

Mr. Trump said he expects to win New Hampshire’s Feb. 9 primary, and two polls released Monday showed he remains in the top slot with state voters.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll Sunday found that Mr. Trump had the support of 30% of likely GOP voters in New Hampshire, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 14%, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with 12% and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 10%.

The Trump dominance of the race has befuddled experienced GOP operatives in the state-and his more tested political rivals. Yet, that remains one of his chief appeals to voters.

Barbara Lyman, 80, a retired nurse from West Springfield, Mass., said she isn’t troubled by Mr. Trump’s lack of government experience. “He says what he means,” she said. “He will put good people in place.”

Her son, Patrick Lyman, 58, of Stafford, N.H., said, “I just think he’s going to change things. He might not say things in the most delicate way, but I like that.”

Also on Monday, Mr. Trump picked up the endorsements of two centrist New Hampshire Republicans, Nashua developer Sam Tamposi and Manchester real-estate executive Ben Gamache. Both men are most associated with the establishment wing of the party, and Mr. Gamache was an influential backer of former New York Gov. George Pataki until he dropped out earlier this month.

Although the campaign touted them, Mr. Trump said he doesn’t give much currency to endorsements. “I’ve watched people get endorsed for years, and the endorsements don’t mean very much,” he said.

Mr. Trump’s longevity in the presidential race has prompted his Republican primary challengers to begin attacking the substance of the businessman’s proposals.

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