Midwest jobs took center stage early in Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate at Otterbein University in Westerville.
The 12 candidates’ most reliable avenue for making an Ohio-specific pitch was jobs. They approached the issue in a number of ways, including highlighting a hollowed out manufacturing sector, weakened unions and the threat of automation.
Their ideas for tackling the jobs issue were just as varied.
Senator Elizabeth Warren argues the problem is an international trade policy which has allowed U.S. companies to send jobs overseas. She offers an idea she frames as “accountable capitalism” for large corporations.
“Forty percent of your board of directors should be elected by your employees,” Warren says. “That’ll make a difference when a corporation decides we could save a nickel by