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Joe Biden outlines plan to revitalize American manufacturing

Posted at 3:40 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 15:40:06-04

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden spoke about his plan to revitalize American manufacturing during a campaign event in Warren.

RELATED: President Trump visiting Michigan Thursday

Biden described President Donald Trump's trade policy as "reckless" and said it threw American manufacturing into a recession.

If elected, the administration would impose a tax penalty on companies that offshore jobs and manufacturing to avoid paying U.S. taxes only to sell their goods back to American customers.

"If your big corporate strategy is to boost your shareholders’ profits and your CEO’s bonuses by moving jobs out of America — we’re going to make sure you not only pay full U.S. taxes on those profits, we’re going to add an extra 10 percent Offshoring Penalty Surtax to your bill," he said.

Biden also said he will sign a series of executive actions during Biden's first week as president which would ensure the federal government uses taxpayer dollars to buy American products.

It's been six months since the now Democratic presidential nominee campaigned in Michigan.

Back in March, just before the pandemic hit, Biden took the stage at Renaissance High School in Detroit, joined by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and his now running mate Sen. Kamala Harris.

President Trump narrowly won Michigan in 2016. He'll be speaking in Freeland on Thursday. This comes after a Tuesday rally in North Carolina where the president took aim at "Democrat states" and Biden.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to our Brian Abel on Tuesday.

“I think the people of Michigan know to keep this economy growing, bring our economy all the way back, we need four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House and I know Michigan is going to vote for just that," he said.

Biden supporters are hoping he's able to connect with Michiganders on a local level, and that his message sticks.