Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the Scott County Democratic Party's Red, White and Blue Dinner at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Morgan
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As the U.S. presidential race picks up pace, the speeches and debates are full of character attacks, arguments on immigration and worries about national security. But there is one glaring omission in the battle for the White House: serious talk about the economy.On both the Republican and Democratic sides, the state of the world's largest economy is mentioned, of course. Aside from the dryness of the topic, the answer comes from the relative health of the U.S. economy.Ted Cruz, running second to Donald Trump in the race for the Republican nomination to the White House, has tried to draw support on the issue.Even so, the Republicans as a group, who advocate for tax cuts and economic freedom, are not at ease with making wages a political issue.Also grabbing this issue to make political gain is Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, who argues that the real unemployment rate for Americans is over 10 percent, if one includes people forced to work part time.
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