Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has portrayed Republican Donald Trump as an erratic and unfit steward of the nation’s economy, returning to Ohio to press the case that workers would bear the brunt of the business mogul’s policies.
Clinton’s address in Ohio, one of the nation’s most prominent swing states, aimed to place a marker on the economy in a similar manner in which she did on foreign policy earlier this month with a searing takedown of Trump in San Diego.
“If we put Donald Trump behind the steering wheel of the economy, he is very likely to drive us off the cliff,” said Clinton campaign senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan, previewing her remarks.
The former secretary of state’s address at an alternative secondary school in Columbus questioned Trump’s temperament to guide the economy and pointed to his business record as evidence of how he would treat small businesses and working families if he won the White House.
Bolstered by more than $40m (€35.5m) in television advertising, Clinton and her Democratic allies are trying to use this period before the summer Democratic National Convention to disqualify Trump on the economy and prevent him from successfully wooing working-class voters in battleground states like Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
Laying the groundwork, Clinton’s campaign seized on a report by Moody’s Analytics which found Trump’s plans would lead to a “lengthy recession,” costing nearly 3.5 million US jobs.
The analysis by Moody’s Mark Zandi, a former economic adviser to Republican senator John McCain’s 2008 campaign, predicted Trump’s approach would swell the federal debt as the nation’s economy becomes more isolated by less trade and cross-border immigration.
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, in an interview with Ari Rabin-Havt on SiriusXM’s The Agenda, said Trump would start trade wars overseas that would hurt the nation’s manufacturing sector.
In advance of the speech, the campaign’s Hillary for America organisation launched a website, artofthesteal.biz, and released a video that attacked Trump’s record as a businessman.
Trump's gotten rich driving companies into the ground. What will he do to the U.S. economy?
Oh wait—we know:https://t.co/MOPrGekYtZ— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 21, 2016
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