• FILE - In this July 16, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, puts on his seat belt getting into an Uber car after speaking at Thumbtack, an online startup in San Francisco. The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber is laying bare divides in the Democratic Party and on the left about how to handle the new “sharing” economy. Republicans are hungry to exploit that ambivalence and make inroads into a wealthy sector of the tech industry. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

    FILE - In this July 16, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, puts on his seat belt getting into an Uber car after speaking at Thumbtack, an online startup in San Francisco. The debate over ride-hailing ... firm Uber is laying bare divides in the Democratic Party and on the left about how to handle the new “sharing” economy. Republicans are hungry to exploit that ambivalence and make inroads into a wealthy sector of the tech industry. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 30, 2015 file photo, Josh Mohrer, far left, New York's general manager for Uber, speaks during a news conference and rally outside New York's City Hall, while inside lawmakers were holding a hearing on the growth of the For-Hire-Vehicle (FHV) industry in the city, with a focus on Uber. A deal has been struck between New York City and Uber on the eve of a highly watched City Council vote that could have placed a cap on the number of the ride-hailing company’s cars on the streets of the nation’s largest city.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    FILE - In this June 30, 2015 file photo, Josh Mohrer, far left, New York's general manager for Uber, speaks during a news conference and rally outside New York's City Hall, while inside lawmakers were holding a hearing on the growth of the For-Hire-... Vehicle (FHV) industry in the city, with a focus on Uber. A deal has been struck between New York City and Uber on the eve of a highly watched City Council vote that could have placed a cap on the number of the ride-hailing company’s cars on the streets of the nation’s largest city. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File) (The Associated Press)

As Democrats worry about technology companies and the 'sharing economy,' GOP sees an opening

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The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber and companies like it is laying bare a divide in the Democratic Party and the left about how to handle the "sharing economy."

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Republicans want to exploit that ambivalence and make inroads into a wealthy sector of the tech industry.

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton has pledged to crack down on companies that classify workers as contractors rather than employees — as critics contend Uber and others often do.

Some Democrats see technology hubs such as Silicon Valley as a symbol of income inequality.

But Republican candidates are making Silicon Valley a regular stop in their campaign and showing they value such companies.