That balancing act became clear in an interview here at the automobile dashboard manufacturing plant of Detroit Manufacturing Systems. We sat down after she unveiled a proposal to "claw back" tax benefits companies had received if they subsequently shift jobs overseas.
Days after her campaign released an advertisement vowing a strong response to predatory pricing by pharmaceutical manufacturers, I asked if she intended to signal she'd be bad for business.
"I don't think what I'm arguing is bad for business at all," Clinton said. "It certainly is focused on bad behavior of some businesses.
"When you see a company like Nabisco, which has taken a lot of government benefits and now is picking up and moving a production line out of our country, when you look at and Johnson Controls, which came hat and hand to Washington to be bailed out along with the rest of the auto industry, and now wants to take advantage of an inversion and pretend to buy a company and move their headquarters in order to avoid paying American taxes when the American taxpayers bailed them out, that's bad behavior, John.
"That is the kind of behavior that we do have to go after because we're in a company right here that has great productivity, has a great reputation, invests in their workers, the biggest woman-owned company in Michigan and it's a place that I want more companies to look at and be part of," Clinton continued, referring to Detroit Manufacturing Systems. "It has unionized labor. They work together. So I have a very strong commitment to doing what I can to encourage behavior that is for the long term and that invests in Americans and gets the middle class growing again."
Clinton cited a recent Tax Policy Center analysis concluding that Sanders' economic agenda would raise taxes by $4,700 annually for families in the middle 20 percent of income-earners. But she bristled at the idea that her own plans — which mostly spare the bottom 95 percent of taxpayers — don't go far enough in areas like infrastructure to create jobs and boost economic growth.