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Manchin, Morrisey each contend he is best candidate for job creation

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Patrick Morrisey each contend he is the best candidate for job creation. The two are battling for a U.S. Senate seat to represent West Virginia. (Campaign Photos)

Voters will weigh the positive and negative impacts of President Donald Trump's tax cut in the election. U.S. Senate candidates Patrick Morrisey and Joe Manchin each argue he is the best candidate for bringing more jobs but have different views on the cuts.

GOP Senate candidate Morrisey used an event put on by a national pro-tax cut business group held at Dunbar Printing to support the tax cuts and to say that he is the best U.S. Senate candidate to bring jobs. Print shop owner Jeannie Mills said the tax cuts were a lifesaver.

"Last year, I suffered the greatest loss since becoming the owner of a company and I thank goodness that the tax cuts came when they did,” Mills said.

Morrisey said his position is best for the economy.

“Joe Manchin said no to the Trump tax cuts," Morrisey said. "Joe Manchin sides with the liberals who want to burden our economy with needless regulations."

But now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is blaming a rising federal deficit and national debt on entitlement programs, including Social Security, rather than the tax cut that saw the deficit hit $779 billion in the first fiscal year of the Trump administration. Manchin, a Democrat and incumbent, said he favored a tax cut but not the one that passed.

"That we'd have $1.5 to $2 trillion dollars of new debt. Now we see that coming to fruition because the economy is doing better than ever, the stock market is doing better than ever and the cash flow is lower than ever to run the country," Manchin said. "And they're saying, 'Oh, we're giving too much away.' Now, they want to come back, Mitch McConnell just said and review and attack the social programs such as Social Security and Medicare and I'd say to Mitch McConnell, 'Sorry, Mitch that's not an entitlement, that's something people earn.' "

Morrisey said he wants to protect Social Security and Medicare but points out that Congress has some tough choices to make that it has not been able to do. Manchin said his endorsement by labor and business groups such as the Huntington and Charleston chambers of commerce show he is a candidate who can get job-related things done.

Estimates indicate that the Trump tax cut will add a trillion dollars to the national debt over 10 years.

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