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To Hillary Clinton, Uber is a double-edged sword

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When voters go to the polls in next year’s presidential election, could a candidate’s stance on the sharing economy factor into their decision?

In a speech Monday focused on economic policy, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton spoke out on what she saw as the double-edged sword that characterizes startups like Uber, Airbnb or Instacart. Companies operating in this “gig” economy, she said, are innovative because they make it easy for people to make money by driving their own car, or renting out a spare room in their home.

But the companies’ services are raising hard questions about how to compensate the people who drive those cars, and what the next generation of “good jobs” will look like, Clinton said. She didn’t mention Uber or AirBnB by name but was discussing their general business model.

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