Clinton calls out Trump on taxes

Clinton strikes on Trump’s taxes in Toledo

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Hillary Clinton speaks in Toledo Monday afternoon.
Posted: Monday, October 3, 2016 4:34 pm | Updated: 7:54 am, Tue Oct 4, 2016.

By ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel-Tribune County Editor

 

TOLEDO — Hillary Clinton told people in Toledo that her policies, and not Donald Trump’s, can be trusted to protect their jobs, fight corporate abuse and make the United States economy fair.

Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, spoke for about 40 minutes Monday in the train terminal at Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, explaining her goals and how she would achieve them if voters elect her instead of the Republican candidate.

“The election’s going to be close,” Clinton told supporters at the end of her speech, mentioning that voter registration in Ohio continues through Oct. 11 and early voting begins Oct. 12.

Following recent campaign visits by her husband and daughter, Monday was Clinton’s first stop in northwestern Ohio and her only trip in nearly a month to what’s long been known as a swing state. That lack of presence led some to question whether she is pursuing an electoral path to the White House that does not involve winning Ohio. Clinton also campaigned in Akron on Monday.

While many Ohioans agree Clinton won the first debate on Sept. 26, they still support Trump over Clinton by a margin of 5 points, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur spoke before Clinton, whom she said has a history of using “bipartisan compromise” to solve problems, and a voting record to prove it.

“It’s just not a lot of hot air,” she said.

Kaptur said the election process “should not be reduced to a circus of name calling, nor a beauty contest.”

“It should be about the future, but we keep getting pulled down into the mud in this campaign.”

It was 13 minutes into Clinton’s speech when she first mentioned Trump herself. Kenyetta Jones, a UAW Local 14 member who introduced Clinton, said Trump “doesn’t pay taxes the way we do,” referencing a New York Times story that revealed Trump could have avoided paying taxes for 18 years by reporting massive personal losses totaling more than $900 million in 1995.

Clinton used Trump as an example of how she said the wealthy take advantage of a system built to encourage their success while protecting them from their losses.

“Trump represents the same rigged system that he claims he’s going to change. The whole story tells us everything we need to know about how Trump does business,” Clinton said, mentioning Trump’s refusal to release his tax records, something she said should be required by law of presidential nominees.

“All the while he was using his political connections to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in government subsidies and extra tax breaks for his companies,” Clinton said.

“In other words, Trump was taking from America with both hands and leaving the rest of us with the bill. He says he’s the one who can fix things, but that is like letting the fox guard the henhouse.”

Clinton said she has a list of corporate loopholes she plans to fix that currently allow companies to take tax breaks while outsourcing jobs. She said she would require those incentives to be paid back.

“I believe corporations that benefit from everything America has to offer should feel some sense of responsibility, not just to their biggest shareholders, but to their workers, to their customers, to their community, and yes, to our country,” she said.

“Today I want to send a clear message to every boardroom, every executive suite across America: If you scam your customers, exploit your employees, pollute our environment or rip off taxpayers, we will find ways to hold you accountable.”

Clinton said Trump was indifferent to the government rescue of the auto industry that’s tied to 850,000 jobs in Ohio. Trump “would have let you twist and fall,” she said.

“Everybody in Ohio who’s thinking about voting for Trump needs to hear that.”

Clinton also touched on her support for stronger consumer protections, equal pay, a higher minimum wage and the protection of workers’ right to unionize. She called for a $10 billion investment to support American manufacturing, and said there should be a monthly cap on out-of-pocket expenses for prescription drugs.

“If you join me in this campaign, I will always stand up and fight for you, and fight for your jobs, and fight for your families,” she said.

During her earliest remarks, Clinton basked in a recent endorsement of Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James. She said the two share a “deep commitment” to helping children.

“I hope to be elected president, but I know here in Ohio, LeBron will always be the king,” Clinton said

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