US chamber chair pays visit to Ketchikan

    The chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce made a visit this week to Ketchikan, where he called on the presidential candidates from both major parties to focus on growth amid low oil prices.

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce made a visit this week to Ketchikan, where he called on the presidential candidates from both major parties to focus on growth amid low oil prices.

    The Ketchikan Daily News reports that Chairman John Hopkins spoke to the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday about topics ranging from the global energy market to international trade. He said the national chamber doesn't endorse presidential candidates, but it does take a stance on policy.

    Hopkins says the chamber supports Republican Donald Trump's statement on energy production and Democrat Hillary Clinton's push for infrastructure spending.

    But he also says the chamber is concerned about where the "national political discourse on energy" is headed.

    He encouraged Trump and Clinton to focus on growth to "keep the American dream alive."

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