Tracking politicians' promises

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Tracking Obama's promises

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Tracking Trump's Campaign Promises

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Stop TPP

The Promise:

"I'm going to issue our notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership." 


Update January 23rd, 2017: Trump orders TPP withdrawal

Repeal Obamacare

The Promise:

“Real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare."


Update January 23rd, 2017: Trump signs executive order on Obamacare; impact unclear

Repeal Obamacare

The Promise:

“Real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare."


Update January 20th, 2017: First steps to a repeal are under way in Congress

Defund Planned Parenthood

The Promise:

"I would defund it because of the abortion factor, which they say is 3 percent. I don't know what percentage it is. They say it's 3 percent. But I would defund it, because I'm pro-life."


Update January 20th, 2017: Congress moving ahead with plans to cut Medicaid payments, grant money to Planned Parenthood

Save the Carrier plant in Indiana

The Promise:

"So here's what's going to happen: Within 24 hours, I'll get a call — the head of Carrier — and he'll say, 'Mr. President, we've decided to stay in the United States. That's what's going to happen. 100 percent."


Update January 20th, 2017: Promise to save the Carrier plant mostly fulfilled

Guarantee 6-week paid leave

The Promise:

“We can provide six weeks of paid maternity leave to any mother with a newborn child whose employer does not provide the benefit.” 


Update January 20th, 2017: US only industrialized country not to provide moms with paid leave

Take no salary

The Promise:

"If I'm elected president, I'm accepting no salary."


Update January 20th, 2017: He might have to take $1

Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

The Promise:

"As president, Barack Obama will close the detention facility at Guantanamo."


Update January 20th, 2017: 41 prisoners remain at Gitmo as Obama leaves office

Eliminate Common Core

The Promise:

“We're cutting Common Core. We're getting rid of Common Core. We're bringing education locally."


Update January 19th, 2017: Lack of federal authority will make this tough

Nominate someone from his list of justices to replace Antonin Scalia

The Promise:

“I am looking to appoint judges very much in the mold of Justice Scalia. I'm looking for judges — and I've actually picked 20 of them so that people would see.”


Update January 19th, 2017: Previewing the fight over a SCOTUS nominee

Build a wall, and make Mexico pay for it

The Promise:

"I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall."


Update January 19th, 2017: Wall is coming, Trump promises

Repeal Obamacare

The Promise:

“Real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare."


Update January 17th, 2017: Trump wants to 'repeal and replace' the Affordable Care Act, quickly

Create a prison-to-work incentive program

The Promise:


"Will create a prison-to-work incentive program, modeled on the Welfare-to-Work Partnership, to create ties with employers, third-party agencies that provide training and support services to exoffenders, and to improve ex-offender employment and job retention rates."


Update January 5th, 2017: Obama took some steps to help ex-offedenders find jobs

Create a National Health Insurance Exchange

The Promise:


Create a "National Health Insurance Exchange to help Americans and businesses purchase private health insurance."

Update January 3rd, 2017: Marketplace today is similar to original vision, but not identical

Reduce the Veterans Benefits Administration claims backlog

The Promise:

"There are currently over 400,000 claims pending within the Veterans Benefits Administration, and over 800,000 claims receipts are expected in 2008 alone. … Obama will hire additional claims workers and convene our nation's leading veterans groups, employees and managers to develop an updated training and management model that will ensure that VA benefit decisions are rated fairly and consistently, and stem from adequate training and accountability for each claims adjudicator."


Update December 29th, 2016: Veterans benefits claim backlog dropped in Obama's second term