Clinton launches big Upstate New York push with $10 billion manufacturing proposal

Clinton launches big Upstate New York push with $10 billion manufacturing proposal

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Hillary Clinton speaks at Purchase College at State University of New York in Harrison, N.Y., on Thursday, March 31, 2016. She was introduced by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) (left). (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

NEW YORK– Hillary Clinton will announce a proposal for $ 10 billion in funds for manufacturing partnerships while campaigning in Syracuse on Friday.

The proposal, which is an investment in “Make it in America Partnerships,” is aimed at encouraging manufacturers both large and small to locate manufacturing jobs in the United States.

Upstate New York, with its mix of manufacturing and rural towns, will serve as the setting for both the announcement and a bulk of Clinton’s campaigning in the state in the coming weeks, the campaign said.

According to Clinton’s senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan, the campaign believes that Clinton’s record of encouraging the return of manufacturing in parts of the state will be a key part of her argument not only to New Yorkers but to voters at large.

“We absolutely believe that her work as senator in Upstate New York will serve as a blueprint for what she will do as president,” Sullivan said in a call with reporters previewing the announcement.

Clinton will host a roundtable focused on manufacturing in Syracuse on Friday.

Clinton’s travels across the state will feature testimonials from New Yorkers who have worked with her in the past on economic issues, according to Sullivan.

“The campaign will really be highlighting how Hillary made a difference — a real difference in people’s live,” Sullivan added. “She’ll be greeted by familiar faces who know what she did to help them.

“Unlike her opponent, she can show how she can actually get things done as president,” he added, hitting Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

According to Sullivan, the proposal will be paid for though a “clawback” tax Clinton proposed earlier on corporations leaving the United States and moving jobs overseas.

While most of the state’s population density is downstate — particularly in New York City and the surrounding areas, Clinton’s focus in upstate reflects a desire to shore up support in a part of the state that may be a ripe target for Sanders.

Sanders has targeted voters in states like Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin with a message that is critical of free-trade policies that are blamed for the loss of U.S. jobs to international competitors.

Upstate New York’s demographics and economics are similar to those states, where the Sanders campaign believed they had a shot of winning — and in the case of Michigan, did win. And the region also boasts a fair number of college and university students, who overwhelmingly support Sanders.

New York will hold its primary on April 19 and both Sanders and Clinton say that the result will be pivotal in the race for the Democratic nomination.

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