Business leaders call Trump bad for economy in new letter

"Donald Trump and I both believe [these issues] not only can be resolved with common sense at the local level, but they are every single day", Pence said.

He was the only former Western New York lawmaker to sign the letter, which includes several prominent House members from recent decades, including former Rep. Sherwood L. Boehlert of Utica, former House Banking Committee Chairman Jim Leach of Iowa, and former Rep. Vin Weber of Minnesota, a leading conservative strategist who, like several other lawmakers on the letter, later became a lobbyist. They say he would be bad for the economy, and they question how successful he's been as a businessman. "We may differ on how we will cast our ballots in November but none of us will vote for Donald Trump".

On Thursday morning, a group of 30 former Republican Congress members declared they wouldn't support Donald Trump in an open letter, warning voters that the current GOP presidential candidate does not reflect their values. "I agree with the Republican Party on most things, but I love my country more", he said.

The group of business leaders came together after John Stubbs, who has been organizing Republicans who back Clinton, realized that business leaders have particular concerns about Trump becoming president.

The Atlantic's endorsement comes less than a week after USA Today, the most widely circulated newspaper in the nation, published an editorial encouraging its readers not to vote for Trump because, it said, he lacks "the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents".

"And how do you lose almost a billion dollars in a single year?"

Donald Trump Oct. 5 2016
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That includes a New York Times report that Trump took an nearly $1 billion loss in 1995 that may have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for up to 18 years.

The Republicans who signed the letter are: Steve Bartlett (Texas), Bob Bauman (Md.), Sherwood Boehlert (N.Y.), Jack Buechner (Mo.), Tom Campbell (Calif.), Bill Clinger (Penn.), Tom Coleman (Mo.), Geoff Davis (Ky.), Mickey Edwards (Okla.), Harris Fawell (Ill.), Ed Foreman (Texas and N.M.), Amo Houghton, Jr.

Sara Sutton Fell, another letter-signer and the Colorado-based founder of the employment search firm FlexJobs, said she wouldn't be able to sleep at night running her company as Trump runs his.

"The fact that he's running on his business skills is terrifying."

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