For tonight's presidential debate: What we want to know, and what you want to know.
Two weeks ago, the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) presented an outline for the first presidential debate in Denver. As that debate was focused on domestic issues, AAM was hopeful that the issues which are important to us (and to voters) would be discussed. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
Nor were those issues discussed last week during the vice presidential debate. This evening, President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will engage in a Town Hall, hosted by CNN's Candy Crowley. This is the last opportunity for some of these questions to be addressed, as the final debate will focus on foreign policy issues.
From our initial post, here are the four key questions we'd like to see asked of the candidates:
- What would you do to prevent American tax dollars from creating jobs overseas?
- Do you support strong trade enforcement when other nations cheat?
- Do you believe that our trade deficit with China is a national security issue?
- What actions would you take to penalize China for its currency manipulation and would it include supporting legislation that has passed the Senate and is supported by a majority of members in the House?
We also asked our readers, email subscribers, and Facebook/Twitter followers what they'd like Romney and Obama to be asked. Here's what they said:
Kerry K.:"To Romney: Republicans state that good paying manufacturing jobs left this country because of unions. Then why is Sensata a non union shop that you have an interest in leaving the country and moving to China? To President Obama: Republicans have voted NO on two Bring the Jobs Home Bills. How will you get them to change their minds on that?"
Brad S.: "Why are we doing business with Communist China?"
Ron P.: "To both: Will you write an executive order to ensure all federal gifts shops....and others under your control to sell products Made in the U.S.A.?"
Nina J.: "Who made your shirt? Tie? Suit?"
Made in USA Challenge: "What incentives will you provide to get young Americans interested in the manufacturing field?"
Ken Y.: "To both candidates: Will you bring manufacturing jobs to this country and will you also reward the companies that do so? Secondly will you stop the tax breaks to the companies that have moved overseas?"
Gary W.: "To Romney, why do Republicans vote against infrastructure, job creation and veteran related bills? Why do Republicans still think Trickle Down Economics work when it never does(for the lower and middle class anyway)?"
Lana D.: "To President Obama, how is the plan to decrease our Military going to help the unemployment numbers in this country, considering that there are many companies, who employ many people, to supply the equipment necessary for a strong US Military, which is also necessary for our National Security?"
Jim A.: "Will you put tarrifs on products from countries that have a giant unequal trade situation with us, such as the relationship that our trade has with China?"
Read more submissions here.
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