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September 6, 2016

Trump and Clinton talk jobs, economy on Labor Day

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Essential question

What will the presidential candidates focus on in their final two months before Election Day?


Labor Day kicked off the start of the final two-month phase of the presidential campaign season as the two major party candidates make their last push for the White House.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump appeared separately in Ohio, one of several key battleground states. Both spoke to workers about their plans for the economy.

In Cleveland, Clinton brought up Trump’s past business failings.

“This is the kind of difference that this election really poses, people like Tim and me who want to create more good jobs with rising wages and benefits for everybody willing to work hard, and somebody who stiffed people, took bankruptcy and laid off people,” Clinton said.

Trump, meanwhile, told crowds in Youngstown that he would bring back manufacturing jobs in Ohio.

“We’re going to bring jobs back to our country. We’re not going to make these horrible trade deals anymore,” he said.

The first debate between Trump and Clinton will take place Sept. 26.


Key terms

labor union — an organized association of workers, often in a trade or profession, formed to protect and further their rights and interests

minimum wage — the lowest wage permitted by law or by a special agreement, such as one with a labor union

bankruptcy — being declared by law unable to pay outstanding debts

Warm up questions (before watching the video)
  1. When is Election Day 2016?
  2. What is the purpose of Labor Day?
  3. What issue is most important to you in this election?
Critical thinking questions (after watching the video)
  1. How do Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump differ in terms of how they address economic issues?
  2. Why do the candidates like Clinton send colleagues like Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden out onto the campaign trail to speak on their behalf?
  3. What makes Ohio such a desirable state to win for each candidate?
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