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story.lead_photo.caption Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the Value Voters Summit, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Donald Trump is rolling out plans Tuesday to make child care more affordable, guaranteeing new mothers six weeks of paid maternity leave and suggesting new incentives for employees to provide their workers childcare, breaking with conservative orthodoxy and wading into topics more often discussed by Democrats.

Trump will unveil the plans in a speech in a politically critical Philadelphia suburb as he tries to build his appeal with more moderate, independent voters — especially women. Child care is one of the biggest expenses many American families face, surpassing the cost of college and even housing in many states.

Trump had said little about child care until his daughter, Ivanka, surprised many at the Republican National Convention in July by promising to make it a centerpiece of a Trump administration. During a rally in Des Moines on Tuesday afternoon, Trump credited Ivanka Trump for his action on the issue. "She is the one who has been pushing for it so hard: 'Daddy, Daddy we have to do this.' She's very smart, and she's right," the candidate said.

As part of his speech in battleground Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Trump is expected to propose guaranteeing six weeks of paid maternity leave to employees whose employers don't offer leave already. The campaign says the payments would be provided through existing unemployment insurance — though it has yet to spell out how the system would cover those costs.

Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, has called for 12 weeks parental leave for both mothers and fathers paid for by taxes on the wealthy.

Trump in August proposed reducing child care costs by allowing parents to fully deduct the average cost of child care from their taxes. He is expected to flesh out that plan Tuesday, including expanding the deduction to include costs associated with caring for elderly dependent relatives.

The deduction would apply only to individuals earning $250,000 or less, or $500,000 or less if filing jointly. But because Trump's proposal is a tax deduction rather than credit, its greatest benefits would go to affluent households.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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    September 13, 2016 at 8:21 p.m.

    He is totally devoid of a moral compass, just like today's GOP.

    What a complete and utter fraud.

    I mean, look at his supporters here. Have you ever seen a larger basket of deplorables?

  • carpenterretired
    September 13, 2016 at 8:59 p.m.

    Well if Trump wanted to help the kids of all the construction workers he has stiffed over decades all he has to do is pay all the workmen he has stiffed their wages which he has cheated them out of. Trump brags of having ten billion in wealth if that is so part of it comes from being a famous bad pay.

    September 13, 2016 at 9:52 p.m.

    Trump Foundation.

    With those two words, we win every possible argument with Trump/Putin supporters.

    And they know it.

  • Packman
    September 14, 2016 at 3:10 p.m.

    Brilliant, Mr. Trump. Simply brilliant. Donald Trump offers a plan that re-structures government programs and the tax code to incentivize and strengthen the traditional family unit. Simultaneously, he reaches out to single moms that will surely peel votes from Hillary Clinton. Now he needs to put Ivanka front and center to help him sell it. Brilliant.