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Pence On Kaine’s Economic Record: He Cut Jobs By Half

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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GOP vice presidential nominee Indiana Gov. Mike Pence slammed his opponent Sen. Tim Kaine on his gubernatorial record, noting unemployment rose by 50 percent during Tuesday night’s debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.

Comparing their records, Pence slammed Kaine for attempting to raise taxes by nearly $4 billion while leaving the state with a $2 billion shortfall — a sharp contrast to the balanced budget and $2 billion surplus seen in the state under Pence’s leadership.

“The state of Indiana, we cut unemployment in half. Unemployment doubled when he was governor,” he said. “He is a very fitting running mate for Hillary Clinton because in the wake of the season when American families are struggling in this economy under the weight of higher taxes and Obamacare and the war on coal and the settling avalanche of regulations coming out of this administration, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine want more of the same. It really is remarkable.”

Kaine attempted to knock Republican nominee Donald Trump using a the tagline from his hit television series, “The Apprentice,” saying: “Do you want a ‘You are hired’ president in Hillary Clinton or a ‘You are fired’ president in Donald Trump? We have five components,” adding he believes 15 million new jobs were created under the Obama administration. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between private sector and government jobs, the number comes closer to 10.4 million.

“There are people living in poverty today than the day that Barack Obama was Hillary Clinton at his side,” Pence said, arguing higher taxes won’t help Americans climb out of poverty.

Kaine said Clinton’s plan isn’t aimed at providing those in the top income brackets, and believes that will promote economic growth

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