Friends of Manufacturing

Vice Presidential Debate: Where do Candidates Stand on Manufacturing Issues?


On Tuesday, Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence will take the stage and outline ideas and policies they think will improve the country in the vice presidential debate. As the right-hand to the president, it’s important that the next vice president back issues and policies that support the 12 million manufacturers in the U.S.  

Below is what we know about Kaine and Pence’s positions on issues that are important to manufacturers across the country:

Domestic Energy: Kaine supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which would force the closure of a substantial portion of the current electric power grid. He also opposed the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Pence opposes the Clean Power Plan and urged President Obama to support the Keystone XL.

Health Care: Kaine supports the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and believes it is an important step in expanding health care coverage.

Pence voted to repeal the ACA while serving as a congressman.

Immigration:  Kaine supports immigration reform to strengthen border security and define a path to citizenship for immigrants who reside in the U.S. unlawfully.

Pence supports granting undocumented immigrants an opportunity to gain citizenship if they leave the country and return legally.

Trade: Both Kaine and Pence have been supporters of free trade deals, but have recently expressed opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Manufacturing in America supports 12 million jobs all over the nation. It’s critical that the next president and his or her running mate make supporting manufacturers a top priority, including prioritizing health care reform, improving our nation’s infrastructure, and creating free and fair trade deals.

With the election a short month away, manufacturers must register to vote and learn about the candidates’ position on issues that are vital to their businesses and communities before November 8.

Manufacturers, will you watch the vice presidential debate?