Gary Cohn: 'I haven't made up my mind' on vote for president in November

Gary Cohn: 'I haven't made up my mind' on vote for president in November
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“You know, I honestly haven’t made up my mind,” Cohn said Monday. “I’m really eager to see an economic debate between the two of them. I actually vote on issues.”

Cohn, a registered Democrat, criticized the president’s response to the 2017 Unite the Right white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. However, he did not resign until the next year, citing his disagreements with the president on proposed steel and aluminum tariffs.

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“I vote on a lot of the social issues, as well. So, you know, in many respects, I’ve got to balance both sides of that equation before I figure out who I’m going to vote for,” he said in January.

On CNBC, however, Cohn suggested economic concerns would drive his vote. “We have to have a plan to get back to a more normalized fiscal picture, once we normalize and we get back to a normal economy in the United States,” he said. “And I really do want to hear where the two candidates are. Just taxing to spend doesn’t make sense to me. We have to have a plan to get our fiscal house back in order.”

“The first set of [coronavirus] fiscal stimulus was a blunt instrument: We sort of spread it everywhere. Which at the time was the right thing to do,” he added.

“I think at this point we need a much more detailed, or scalpel-like approach,” he said. “And the place where we need it the most is in the small-business community.”