Amid the de rigueur pleas to get out and vote, many big names in business have weighed in with their final thoughts after this long and unusually intense election cycle. Here's what several recently said about what a Trump or Clinton presidency could mean for their industry--and our country as a whole.
Steve Wynn, Las Vegas hotel and casino magnate, on Fox Business on Monday:
"Look, we take in $3.1 trillion, we spend $3.7 trillion. That $600 billion deficit is $50 billion a month that has to be financed by the Treasury and it's done by increasing the money supply. And that is most certainly affecting and deteriorating the value of the paycheck and the living standard of every American."
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on the company's earnings call last Thursday:
"I think it is safe to say that wherever we have been, I don't think we have ever witnessed such concern about what could happen in the U.S. as a result of the election. And I think there is no question as I speak to other retailers and other merchants both in and out of our sector, there isn't one exception where everyone is experiencing, I think, a very unpredictable and erratic chain of events where it is very, very hard.... I think everyone is hoping that, post the election, there will be a return to a natural state of affairs in terms of the consumer behavior."
Peter Thiel, PayPal co-founder, speaking to the National Press Club in late October:
"The sheer size of the U.S. trade deficit shows that something has gone badly wrong. The most developed country in the world should be exporting capital to less developed countries; instead, the United States is importing more than $500 billion every year. That money flows into financial assets; it distorts our economy in favor of more banking and more financialization; and it gives the well-connected people who benefit a reason to defend the status quo. But not everyone benefits, and Trump voters know it."
John Berger, CEO of solar panel company Sunnova, in an opinion piece for CNBC.com Monday:
"The ambivalence regarding the election can be seen across the energy industry. Oil and gas industry workers in the U.S. have contributed about the same amount to both presidential candidates. The American Gas Association has also declined to endorse a candidate. Why is that? It's because energy markets are, for the most part, open markets that can only be marginally influenced by politicians and their policies.
"Hillary Clinton wants to make the U.S. a 'clean energy superpower'? Great. Donald Trump wants to get rid of regulations for energy companies and try to revive the dying coal industry? No threat.
"No matter what policies the eventual candidate supports and enacts, the fact remains that clean energy is the most popular and cost effective option for new generation."
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, on CNBC Friday:
"It's not going to make much of a difference one way or the other, honestly. I think Hillary's economic policies, and her environmental policies particularly, are the right ones. I also don't think this is the finest moment in our democracy, in general."
Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour, at The Fast Company Innovation Festival on Friday:
"We're talking about an election cycle in which there's a movement towards a populist approach that says that corporate America is not a good thing. It's pretty unfair.
""I want that little girl to know that she can grow up and be the president of the United States if she chooses to be. I want to be one of those agents of change that continues to make that possible."
Les Wexner, founder and CEO of Columbus, Ohio-based L Brands, which owns companies like Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works, during a presentation to investors on Tuesday:
"The optimistic part of me says there will be an election. And we'll know who the president is. Probably. And we know Christmas happens on the 25th. And sometime between now and February, it'll get cold. I don't worry about it much. We're doing the stuff we've gotta do. The stuff that happens in the environment, we're aware of it, but I don't spend a lot of time thinking about it. It's just there."