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What Is the Candidates’ Vision for the Future?

Jobs

We’re on the cusp of major change. We’re creating jobs again. Manufacturing has come alive again. People can afford decent health care. Towns that have been forgotten and left behind are coming to life again because of you all — what we’re doing.

Now we’ve just got to keep going. Finish the job.”

— Joe Biden

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This ridiculous Green New Deal crusade is causing car prices to skyrocket while setting the stage for the destruction of American auto production.”

— Donald Trump


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Manufacturing

Where is it written that America can’t lead the world in manufacturing again? For too many decades, we imported products and exported jobs. Now, thanks to all we’ve done, we’re exporting U.S. products and creating American jobs.”

—Joe Biden

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Donald Trump said he would impose tariffs on China again if he is elected in November and they could exceed 60 percent.


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Retirement

If anyone here tries to cut Social Security or Medicare or raise the retirement age, I will stop them.”

— Joe Biden

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So first of all, there is a lot you can do in terms of entitlements in terms of cutting and in terms of also the theft and the bad management of entitlements, tremendous bad management of entitlements. There’s tremendous amounts of things and numbers of things you can do.”


— Donald Trump


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Unions and Contracts

The middle class built this country! And unions built the middle class! When Americans get knocked down, we get back up! We keep going!”

— Joe Biden


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[Unions] get their little 5 percent. They get another 2 percent. They get another 3 percent, 4 percent. All of a sudden, they're making more money than the people that own the company." — Trump 2 weeks after the UAW made massive concessions to Big 3 in December of 2008.

— Donald Trump


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Prescription Drug Costs

This year Medicare is negotiating lower prices for some of the costliest drugs on the market that treat everything from heart disease to arthritis. Now it’s time to go further and give Medicare the power to negotiate lower prices for 500 drugs over the next decade…I want to cap prescription drug costs at $2,000 a year for everyone!”

— Joe Biden

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As part of my plan to obtain total independence from China, we will phase in tariffs and import restrictions to bring back production of all essential medicines to the United States of America where they belong.”

— Donald Trump

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Infrastructure

On my watch, federal projects like helping to build American roads, bridges and highways will be made with American products built by American workers creating good-paying American jobs!”

— Joe Biden

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Health Care

I enacted tax credits that save $800 per person per year, reducing health care premiums for millions of working families.

Those tax credits expire next year.

I want to make those savings permanent!”

— Joe Biden

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We’re going to make the A.C.A. much better than it is right now and much less expensive for you.”

— Donald Trump

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Health and Safety on the Job

…Or the construction workers who literally risk their lives working all day in blazing heat and, in some places, don’t even have the right to take a water break. That’s outrageous. That is outrageous — anybody who says that — does that.

Folks, we really want to pretend these things are normal?”

— Joe Biden

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Costs and Inflation

Fighting inflation remains my top economic priority. We’re making progress: wages are rising faster than prices, incomes are higher than before the pandemic, and unemployment has remained below 4% for the longest stretch in 50 years. But we have more to do: my agenda is lowering costs for prescription drugs, health care, student debt, and hidden junk fees.”

— Joe Biden

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How do you like the idea of no inflation? Under Biden, the cost of rent is up 30%, groceries are up 30%. Everything is up, chicken’s up, bread is up.”

— Donald Trump

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AI / Technology

AI is all around us…To realize the promise of AI and avoid the risk, we need to govern this technology.”

— Joe Biden

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When I’m reelected, I will cancel Biden’s artificial intelligence executive order and ban the use of AI to censor the speech of American citizens on day one”

— Donald Trump

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Freedom and Democracy

January 6th and the lies about the 2020 election, and the plots to steal the election, posed the gravest threat to our democracy since the Civil War, but they failed…America stood strong and democracy prevailed. But we must be honest that the threat remains and democracy must be defended.”

— Joe Biden

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If we don't win this election, I don't think you're going to have another election in this country."

— Donald Trump

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