GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump pulled a "brilliant" move teasing his new tax policy
on "60 Minutes" on Sunday when he had a large audience watching, pollster John Zogby tells Newsmax TV.
"60 Minutes" was Sunday's third-ranked program on Sunday, following only two NFL games. Trump announced
his policy on Monday.
Also important is the fact that Trump is now turning from attention-getting to presenting ideas, Zogby said Monday on "Newsmax Prime."
And Trump's plan has something for everyone, he added.
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"For Republicans and conservatives it's pro-growth. It's simpler, cleaner, fairer," he said. "And for the Democrats as well, an opportunity for tax cuts, but also to raise sufficient revenue. ... So it's a stroke of genius, actually, and well timed on his part."
"It takes money and power away from Washington and sends it back to the individual," Reagan biographer Craig Shirley told host J.D. Hayworth. "It's a rather brilliant maneuver by Donald Trump. American politics is really about getting people's attention than making an argument. Over the last several months he's been working to get people's attention. Now he's making an argument."
Zogby predicted Trump, who has been trending downward in the most recent polls, will get a bump from his tax plan.
Turning to the resignation announcement of House Speaker John Boehner, Shirley predicted Boehner's legacy as speaker will be one of mediocrity. And, he said, Boehner should have been more magnanimous rather than resorting to calling his opponents "false prophets."
"Newt Gingrich, in terms of history and his speakership, is rising in estimation. [Nancy] Pelosi, [Dennis] Hastert, and Boehner come in very mediocre," Shirley said.
Zogby said he feels for Boehner, who was dealing with years of frustration.
"There's some people who are elected to Washington essentially to gum up the works and to hold fast and not compromise on their principles," Zogby said. "This guy was a legislator. I mean I felt his pain and his frustration, to be honest with you."
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