Secretary Hillary Clinton has chosen a tested and successful governor and senator for her running mate, and manufacturers congratulate Sen. Tim Kaine as he joins the Democratic ticket.
I have worked with Sen. Kaine in a number of capacities over the years and am pleased to count him as a friend. From his time as mayor of Richmond, to lieutenant governor and governor of Virginia, to his current service in the U.S. Senate, Tim Kaine has proven to be a principled leader. While we don’t always agree on every issue, he takes the time to listen and most importantly, he keeps his word. He is a dedicated public servant who is well qualified to serve—and who would serve with integrity.
Manufacturers will continue paying close attention to the policy proposals of the Clinton-Kaine campaign. We appreciate Hillary Clinton’s stated support for manufacturing, but we remain concerned that many of the positions she’s highlighted on the campaign trail on trade, energy, taxes, regulations and healthcare would make it more difficult for manufacturers to compete in the global economy and create jobs here at home.
As a former governor, Tim Kaine has firsthand experience and knowledge about the impact of public policy on investment, job creation and competitiveness. On that note, we hope Sen. Kaine, who has spoken positively about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, will persuade his running mate that expanded trade will support jobs for millions of Americans.
Manufacturers encourage the Clinton-Kaine team to take a close look at our policy agenda, “Competing to Win,” to gain a better understanding of the policies that manufacturers desperately need to win in a competitive global marketplace. We look forward to working with all candidates to enact comprehensive tax reform, pursue new opportunities to export American products, implement regulatory reform and help manufacturers to provide meaningful benefits to their employees.
If the Democratic ticket works with manufacturers to grow the economy and enhance our global competitiveness, we indeed can be “stronger together.” After all, when manufacturing succeeds, America succeeds.