Conservatives more alarmed by Trump deficits despite solid support for agenda: CPAC/TWT straw poll

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Conservatives more alarmed by Trump deficits despite solid support for agenda: CPAC/TWT straw poll

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President Donald Trump speaks during Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2020, at the National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
President Donald Trump speaks during Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2020, at the National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) more >

 PrintBy David Sherfinski and Stephen Dinan– The Washington Times – Sunday, March 1, 2020

Conservative activists sent a warning shot over the bow of the Trump administration this weekend, saying they understand why spending and deficits have risen over the past few years — but it’s time to reel them in.

An overwhelming majority in the CPAC/Washington Times poll, taken at the Conservative Political Action Conference, said it’s time to get back to fiscal discipline. They said the military spending increases and tax cuts that President Trump has promoted are fine but spending cuts are needed elsewhere.

Asked what one amendment they would want added to the Constitution, more activists chose a balanced budget amendment than any other option.


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“You just can’t keep spending money like it’s growing on trees,” said Douglas Platt, 57, from Rochester, New York.

The discontent over spending does not in any way diminish conservatives’ adoration of Mr. Trump, who, according to the poll, had a 95% approval rating. More than three-quarters said Republicans in Congress need to do more to support the president.


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CPAC conservatives have accepted Mr. Trump’s agenda as their own. They said construction of a border wall is their top priority, over more traditional policies such as advancing gun rights and pro life positions, or pushing school choice.

By David Sherfinski and Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times

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