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.
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But in a Washington Post op-ed, Case explained why he decided to endorse Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by saying, “I have concluded that I cannot sit on the sidelines this year. At this pivotal time, the choice is too important.”
During an interview with FOX Business Network’s Countdown to the Closing Bell, Case said Clinton has a better plan to move the country forward than Donald Trump.
“We 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,” he said.
While he respects Trump as a business leader, Case said the Republican presidential nominee hasn’t provided a clear plan on what he would do for innovation, technology issues and job creation in order to move the country forward. ‘The Third Wave’ author said he waited several months for the Trump campaign to lay out a convincing plan before making his decision.
“I concluded probably a couple months ago, that I thought she would be better than Trump on these innovations, technology, jobs, startup kind of issues,” Case told FBN host Liz Claman.
According to Case, Clinton’s immigration policy and recognition of entrepreneurship across the country, which he calls the “Rise of the Rest,” is best framework for America.
“I 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.”
Case said Trump’s immigration policy will make it much more difficult to attract entrepreneurial talent from abroad.
“I don’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,” Case said.