Shinola Cited in Democratic Debate

Watch brand called a “blueprint for how to save American industry jobs”

The Shinola watch company just received some high-profile product placement—it was the subject of a question at the March 6 Democratic debate.

According to a Washington Post transcript, debate moderator Anderson Cooper said Te’Nesha Martin, who asked the candidates a question, “grew up in Flint [Michigan] and now works in Detroit at the Shinola watch factory which, as you know, is often held up as the blueprint for how to save American industry jobs.”

In her question, Martin gave the watch brand another shout-out, noting, “I was unable to get any one of the big three [automakers] and that’s why I now reside at Shinola.” She asked how the candidates planned to prevent companies from shipping jobs overseas.

The New York Times also reported that candidate Hillary Clinton brought up Shinola earlier that day as an example of a successful local business.

Shinola’s U.S.-based factory has made it the darling of politicos, including President Obama and Clinton’s husband, Bill.

Pictured: Shinola Runwell watch (photo courtesy Shinola)

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