Last week marked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s third public appearance in the Sunshine State and the Republican Party of Florida’s announcement that four Republican presidential candidates will be attending the party’s Orlando summit next month.
Florida has long been a battleground state in presidential elections, with Hispanic voters playing a vital role in determining the outcome.
In a survey conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, which was released prior to the last presidential election, the majority of Hispanic voters felt that jobs and the economy were “extremely important” to them. Yet only 34 percent said the same about immigration. Four years later, a poll conducted by Latino Decisions for the National Council of La Raza found that 53 percent of Hispanic registered voters are very or somewhat concerned that someone in their household will lose their job and face unemployment.
Now, more than ever, proposals for improving the economy and fostering small business growth in order to generate jobs will be an important issue in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Candidates on both sides of the aisle will need to clearly define their strategy to develop the economy. A key concern for primary voters, including Hispanic voters, will be a solid plan for modernizing the U.S. tax code in order to create economic opportunity.
Candidates are catching on to the importance of this message.
Former Secretary of State Clinton and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will even admit that they share commonalities. The names themselves, “Clinton” and “Bush,” invoke presidential legacies. But setting aside the past and looking ahead to 2016, both Clinton and Bush espouse economic plans that begin with a desire for comprehensive tax reform.
This past summer both Clinton and Bush released concrete plans aimed at reforming the U.S. tax code. Clinton proposed new taxes on multinationals that benefit from “overseas loopholes” and Bush proposed a one-time