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Pittsburgh City Councilor Corey O'Connor speaks at a press conference Tuesday
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence made a stop in Pittsburgh
Tuesday at the Heinz History Center to tout Donald Trump’s revamped tax and economic plan.
“When Donald Trump becomes president of the United States of America, he’s going to cut taxes, roll back regulation, repeal Obamacare and end the war on coal,” Pence said.
Hours earlier, in advance of Pence’s visit, local Democratic officials held a press conference denouncing Trump and Pence’s economic plans.
“The vice president will use some smoke and mirrors in his speech today,” said state Sen. Wayne Fontana. “There’s no benefit for the poor and middle class in Trump and Pence’s plan.
As has been done recently by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the officials detailed examples of bad business dealings from Trump’s past.
“Trump has a me first approach to the economy,” said Allegheny County Councilor Dewitt Walton. “Trump has a disastrous record of stiffing working people.”
As an official with the United Steelworkers union, Walton said Trump tried to get rid of the union at his Gary, Ind. casino. He also talked about about Pence’s record in Indiana where he says the governor worked against unions and supported support free trade, something some — including Trump — say hurt the U.S. economy.
“I know the devastation the residents of Indiana. Mike Pence has moved to eliminate bargaining rights of workers in Indiana,” said Walton. “And there’s never been a trade deal that Pence didn’t support or vote for.”
In comparison, the local officials praised Clinton’s economic plan. Citing a report by Moody's economist Mark Zandi, they said Clinton’s plan would create 414,000 jobs in Pennsylvania.
“A Trump presidency would cause us to lose 135,000 jobs in Pennsylvania,” said “That’s why on a local level it’s so important for us to support her policies because they are good policies for Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile in Detroit last night, Trump was also laying out his campaign’s economic plan.
But according to FactCheck.org
, he used some inaccurate claims to demonstrate his plan would benefit the economy and how his opponent Clinton’s plan would hurt the economy.
Among his claims was that he would save "2 million American jobs” by repealing the Affordable Care Act. But according to Fact Check: "That’s an old distortion of the Congressional Budget Office’s analyses, which found some workers would choose to work fewer hours or retire earlier mainly due to the insurance-expansion provisions of the law."