DETROIT (WJBK/AP) - With a speech Monday to the Detroit Economic Club, the Republican presidential nominee seeks to reset his campaign and delve into a subject -- the economy -- that is seen as one of his strengths. It also is aimed at showing that he is a serious candidate despite a disastrous stretch that has prompted criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike. You can watch a replay of his speech here.
While polls have shown that voters have deep concerns about Trump's temperament and fitness for office, he fares better on the economy. On that topic, recent polling puts him ahead of or on par with Hillary Clinton.
On Monday, Clinton will visit the battleground state of Florida, where she will tour a small brewery and hold two rallies. On Thursday, she is set to deliver her own economic speech in Detroit, a city that has symbolized the nation's manufacturing plight.
Among his specific proposals will be allowing parents to fully deduct the cost of childcare from their taxable income. The current Child and Dependent Care tax credit is capped at 35 percent of qualifying expenses or up to $3,000 for one cared-for individual or $6,000 for two or more.
A senior campaign aide said that the proposal would be aimed at working and middle class families and that it would include an income limit, though the person declined to say how much. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details ahead of the speech's delivery.
Trump also is expected to call again for boosting domestic energy production -- a plan his campaign estimates can add $6 trillion in local, state and federal revenue over four decades.
"We need much, much faster growth if we're going to have wages rising and salaries rising and middle-class incomes rising," he said. "How do we get back to a healthy rate of economic growth which we haven't had in a decade?"
Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort said Sunday on Fox News Channel that with the speech, "we're comfortable that we can get the agenda and the narrative of the campaign back on where it belongs, which is comparing the tepid economy under Obama and Clinton, versus the kind of growth economy that Mr. Trump wants to build."
But a host of independent groups crunching the numbers soon concluded otherwise. The plan, they said, dramatically favored the wealthy over the middle class and would increase the debt by as much as $10 trillion over the next decade.