candidate Carly Fiorina addressed and responded to questions from members of a coalition
of major nationwide business groups in a TeleForum today. Fiorina 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.
Builders and Contractors members rely on a healthy overall economy as increased
economic growth leads to more job sites and more high-paying construction
jobs,” said ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman. “Unfortunately, the
construction industry faces many obstacles to growth including a growing
shortage of appropriately skilled workers, an onerous and outdated regulatory
system, the rising cost of obtaining quality health care coverage for employees
and the highest effective tax rate of any industry.
was founded on a commitment to open competition and free enterprise, and we
appreciate the opportunity for our members to discuss these and other issues
that affect their business with Ms. Fiorina,” said Bellaman. “This is a strong
field of presidential candidates and our members will support the candidate who
will provide the best leadership in creating an environment that will foster
2016 election cycle marks the third consecutive presidential campaign cycle
that candidates have addressed and responded to questions from ABC members.
is the fifth presidential candidate to accept the coalition of business groups’
invitation to address and answer questions from its members, following
TeleForums with Sen.
Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Gov.
Jeb Bush, Sen.
Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and
Gov. John Kasich. The other candidates invited to speak with the groups are
(in alphabetical order):
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.
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