Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made two stops in northern Indiana Tuesday, her first appearances in the state ahead of its May 3 primary, focusing on middle class jobs and wages.
At Munster Steel in Hammond, Clinton told a small group of workers and invited guests that revitalizing the manufacturing sector is one of the election’s most important issues.
“I have a plan to invest $10 billion to bring unions, workers, businesses, universities and the government together to create new manufacturing jobs,” Clinton said.
She said her plan would only reward companies that stay in the U.S., citing the recent announcement by Carrier to cut 1,400 jobs in Indiana and move production to Mexico.
The Democratic candidate also decried the import of cheap steel from China, saying she’ll make the steel industry’s survival one of her top priorities.
“Steel is crucial to our manufacturing base, crucial to our national security, and I will not let this vital industry disappear,” Clinton said.
Indiana Republican leaders criticize Clinton, saying her attacks on the coal industry would be devastating to Hoosiers.