WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 10 – Presidential
candidate Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) addressed and responded to questions from
members of a coalition of major nationwide business groups in a TeleForum today.
Kasich answered questions from members of Associated Builders and Contractors
(ABC), Associated General Contractors, Business-Industry Political Action
Committee, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of
Independent Business and National Retail Federation.
construction industry faces many obstacles to economic growth including an
arduous regulatory system, the challenge of finding affordable health care
coverage for employees, the highest effective tax rate of any industry and a
growing shortage of appropriately skilled workers,” said ABC President and
CEO Michael Bellaman. “Associated Builders and Contractors members are also
reliant on a healthy overall economy as more economic growth in the broader
economy leads to more construction and more construction jobs across the
was founded upon a philosophy that embraces free enterprise and our members
will support the candidate that will create the best environment for the
economy to grow while providing leadership for the merit shop construction
industry,” said Bellaman. “We are pleased to provide the opportunity for our
members to discuss important issues affecting the construction industry
directly with Gov. Kasich and appreciate the governor taking the time to explain
his plan for economic growth directly with ABC members.”
2016 election cycle marks the third consecutive presidential campaign cycle
that candidates have addressed and responded to questions from ABC members.
Kasich is the fourth presidential candidate to accept the coalition of
business groups’ invitation to address and answer questions from its members,
following a Nov. 4 TeleForum with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Nov. 17 TeleForum
with Gov. Jeb Bush and Dec. 2 TeleForum with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). The
other candidates invited to speak with the groups are (in alphabetical
Dr. Ben Carson
candidates qualified for the initial invitation by maintaining at least four
percent in the Real Clear Politics average of polls during the period
starting from the first GOP debate and ending on Labor Day. Should additional
candidates average at least four percent for a 30-day time period prior to
the start of voting, an invitation to participate will be sent to them.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national
construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter
members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members
develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably
and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.
Visit us at abc.org.
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