We want better jobs, and we want a raise.
Both candidates seem to have gotten the message. Clinton was to lay out her economic plan Thursday in Michigan, three days after Trump did so in Detroit, once the epicenter of opportunity for the American middle class.
They're hoping to win over the millions of American voters living paycheck to paycheck who aspire to a better economic future.
"We now begin a great national conversation about economic renewal for America," Trump told the Detroit Economic Club on Monday. "It's a conversation about how to make America great again for everyone ... especially for those who have the very least."
At a campaign rally in St. Petersburg, Florida, Clinton shot back that Trump's plan amounted to repackaged "trickle-down economics" written by economic advisors consisting of "hedge fund guys, billionaire guys, (and) six guys named Steve."
"Now, they tried to make his old, tired ideas sound new," she said.
The former secretary of state is scheduled to outline her plans for expanding higher-wage payrolls for working-class voters midday Thursday at a manufacturing facility in Warren, Michigan.
American voters are clearly looking for a new president who can improve the economic well-being of middle-class households.
Some seven years after the worst recession since the 1930s, when you ask American voters how well the economy is doing, the answer will likely depend a lot on whether they have a job that can pay their bills.
That may be why the subject of job creation — and which party has the better track record — has been one of the most widely issues debated during this year's presidential campaign.
Since the worst of the Great Repression, the nation's job market has put millions of Americans back to work. But voters remain uneasy about the size of their paychecks and the prospects of holding onto their jobs.
Now, as the campaign approaches the November election, voters are sizing up the two major candidates, in part, based on how well their respective parties have done in creating enough jobs to keeping America working.
To better assess those records, CNBC.com analyzed the economic performance of the last six presidents using a variety of measures, calculating the net change from the start of a president's term to the end, beginning with Jimmy Carter's inauguration in January 1977.
Here's how the past six presidential administrations have stacked up.