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A Virginia congressman said this week that he was not alarmed by the lack of clarity coming from the Donald Trump campaign on various issues.
In an interview with Business Insider, Rep. David Brat, who has endorsed Trump, said the absence of specific policy proposals from the Manhattan billionaire didn’t bother him.
“I don’t find it alarming because the same thing is true for every party throughout,” Brat said. “Everyone uses code language for all their policies … and then they never do them.”
He continued: “Republicans say we’re going to balance the budget every 10 years and then they never do it. So am I alarmed that they never tell the truth over 10 years? No.”
Brat was in New York City promoting his new book, “American Underdog.” The congressman, who shocked the political world when he unseated then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a 2014 primary, did acknowledge Trump is far different from most candidates in terms of policy.
“Now he’s unique in the way he’s communicating, so we don’t know what it all means yet. But, am I alarmed with respect to other politicians? Not really,” he said.
But Brat contended Trump was offering roughly the same amount of clarity on what he would do in office as House Speaker Paul Ryan. The Virginia congressman, who voted against Ryan as speaker, dismissed Ryan’s “Better Way” policy proposals as “these bold-vision things” that didn’t offer specific solutions.
“I don’t know what [Ryan] is going to do,” Brat said. “And I mean the Dems, and I’m hard on my own party, but the Dems have no plan to do anything. They’ve never mentioned the balanced budget, a budget that balances on any horizon.”
He added: “So the press always says, ‘Well, we all know what rational Ryan and Hillary are going to do.’ No, I don’t. Really? Good. Put it down. I’m in Congress. I’m dying to know.”