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Donald and Ivanka aim to trump Hillary Clinton on child care policy

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Donald and Ivanka aim to trump Hillary Clinton on child care policy

WATCH | Ivanka Trump talks policy

Ivanka Trump is stepping out onto the policy stage for the first time, introducing her father on Tuesday night in suburban Philadelphia for a major speech aiming to detail how a Trump presidency will help working mothers balance jobs and child care.

She and Donald Trump have fashioned the proposal together, and it includes a tax deduction for child care expenses limited to people making less than $250,000, a rebate of up to $1,200 for low-income families struggling with childcare and rewarding stay-at-home parents

with the same tax benefits as parents in the workplace, sources told Circa.

The plan also calls for creation of a new savings account to help families save for the costs of raising their children and a mandatory six weeks of paid mandatory leave  in the private sector, covered by changes in employers' unemployment insurance policies.

The 34-year-old mother of three has long been an advocate for women, creating the #WomenWhoWork initiative in 2014. She has not discussed campaign policy in the past,

speaking instead about her father from her vantage as a supportive daughter and adviser.

Accolades for RNC speech

Donald Trump's oldest daughter won accolades when she touched on women and families in her introductory speech in July at the Republican National Convention, where her father promised a tax credit for child care. But on Tuesday night, the duo promises to disclose a more detailed plan on helping working mothers balance careers and children and address the Clinton campaign's questioning of Trump's support of working women.

Policy speech based on 'real life experience'

Hillary Clinton has proposed a tax credit for families that spend more than 10 percent of their income on child care.

"This is a policy speech, one that explains why the Trump approach from the child care deduction and equal pay to tax cuts is the best solution for the challenges facing parents today, and the policies Ivanka and her dad are proposing will better empower women in the workplace and in the home. "It will draw not on theory, but on the real life experience of working women,"  a source familiar with the speech said.

First responsibility? Being a 'loving daughter'

Ivanka Trump gave Circa a preview of her thinking in an interview last week, and explained why she wants to play a larger role for working women and military families.

 "My role will always be as a loving daughter. That's my first responsibility. But there are issues that are so core to me and things that I've advocated for my entire professional career, regarding women and empowering them," she told Circa.

Ivanka and Chelsea already have their parent's devotion and time.
Historian Doug Wead

Daughters important surrogates

Both candidates' daughters, who are friendly outside the campaign, have played important surrogate roles this election, signaling they will be major forces if their parents reaches the White House. Chelsea Clinton introduced her mother at the Democratic convention and has campaigned on the road for her. 


Doug Wead, a presidential historian and bestselling author of "All The President's Children," told Circa earlier this month that first daughters wield rare power because of their direct access to their parents.

"A child has a tremendous amount of power in the White House because they can never be fired," said Wead, who also worked was a former special assistant to President George H. W. Bush and saw the family dynamics first hand. "Ivanka and Chelsea already have their parent's devotion and time."

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