Clinton to speak Thursday in Detroit, talk jobs
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will talk jobs and the economy in Detroit on Thursday, just three days after Republican nominee Donald Trump does the same at a Detroit Economic Club luncheon.
The Clinton campaign on Sunday announced she will speak in Michigan but has not yet released details on the time or location. A campaign official familiar with the plans said Clinton will speak somewhere in Detroit. The Detroit News previously reported she is also expected at a big-ticket fundraiser Wednesday in Birmingham.
In her Thursday address, Clinton will "lay out the choice voters are facing and her commitment to building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top – and not just Donald Trump,” her campaign said.
Michigan, which will host both major party presidential candidates in the same week, has not picked a Republican for president since 1988, but Trump has suggested he could target the state and both campaigns have made it an early priority.
Clinton led Trump 41 percent to 32 percent in a recent Detroit News-WDIV poll of likely Michigan voters. Asked who had better plans for the economy, 44.7 percent of voters said Clinton, 40.8 percent said Trump and 10.3 percent said neither. The poll had a margin of error of plus-or-minus four points.
Trump is scheduled to speak Monday at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, delivering what his campaign has called a "major speech" speech outlining his economic agenda. Running mate Mike Pence visited Michigan two weeks ago.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine spoke Friday in Grand Rapids, bashing Trump and touting Clinton's 100-day jobs plan as part of an economic tour they launched together after the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
“While we’ve been talking about jobs, Donald Trump has been shadow boxing with every last person and not focusing on what matters the most to Americans,” Kaine said Friday, referencing Trump’s recent spat with the Muslim family of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq in 2004.
The Clinton job plan calls for government spending increases in infrastructure, manufacturing, clean energy and scientific research. She's also proposed increasing the minimum wage and creating an “exit tax” to deter companies from leaving the United States by merging with a smaller foreign firm.
Clinton has said she'd pay for the proposed spending by revising the tax code to make sure the wealthy, big corporations and banks pay their "fair share."
The Michigan visit will be Clinton’s fourth of the 2016 campaign season and first since accepting the Democratic nomination. Most recently, she made a three-day campaign swing through the state before Michigan’s March 8 primary, which she narrowly lost to Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has since endorsed her.