AOL co-founder and former CEO Steve Case has steered away from the political fray over the course of his 30-year career by focusing more on policy and less on the political climate in Washington.
But in a Washington Post op-ed, Case explained why he decided to endorse Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by saying, â€œI have concluded that I cannot sit on the sidelines this year. At this pivotal time, the choice is too important.â€
During an interview with FOX Business Networkâ€™s Countdown to the Closing Bell, Case said Clinton has a better plan to move the country forward than Donald Trump.
â€œWe need to make sure we do everything we can to remain the most innovative entrepreneurial nation. I just concluded that the policies Hillary Clinton was putting forth, the specific around those policies, were the right direction,â€ he said.
While he respects Trump as a business leader, Case said the Republican presidential nominee hasnâ€™t provided a clear plan on what he would do for innovation, technology issues and job creation in order to move the country forward. â€˜The Third Waveâ€™ author said he waited several months for the Trump campaign to lay out a convincing plan before making his decision.
â€œI concluded probably a couple months ago, that I thought she would be better than Trump on these innovations, technology, jobs, startup kind of issues,â€ Case told FBN host Liz Claman.
According to Case, Clintonâ€™s immigration policy and recognition of entrepreneurship across the country, which he calls the â€œRise of the Rest,â€ is best framework for America.
â€œI think she is right on immigration in terms of trying to attract talent here so we can really create the next generation of companies. 40% of our Fortune 500 companies for example are started by immigrants.â€
Case said Trumpâ€™s immigration policy will make it much more difficult to attract entrepreneurial talent from abroad.
â€œI donâ€™t think we need to build a wall. We really need to create a magnet so people come from all over the world to try to create companies here that can create jobs here, not just in a few places like New York and California, but all around the country,â€ Case said.