Super Tuesday is upon us, and with it voters in about a dozen delegate-rich states head to the polls to make a decision on which candidate they think should represent their respective parties for the 2016 presidential election.
As in previous election cycles, the economy and job creation have featured prominently as top voter concerns, and those themes have surfaced in big ways in the run-up to today's primaries. In fact, during the most recent Republican debate, real estate mogul Donald Trump boasted that he was the only real job creator on stage.
While Trump is the sole entrepreneur in the race, policy also makes a difference. The rest of the presidential slate, which includes a governor, two senators, and a former secretary of state have made plenty of decisions that affected American jobs. Here's a look at each of the candidates' records.
|CANDIDATE||RECORD ON JOBS|
|Hillary Clinton |
|As Secretary of State, Clinton didn't vote on legislation that directly affected jobs. But during her two terms in the Senate, she voted in favor of legislation that affected employees, such as the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a law she co-sponsored that attempts to close the gap between men and women's wages. In 2006 she voted to increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour from $5.80 over a two-year period. Clinton also voted in favor of a national employer verification program, to ensure undocumented immigrants are not employed.|
|Bernie Sanders |
|The Vermont senator favors a $15 minimum wage, which some say would hurt the ability of businesses to hire, and which others say would give workers more money to spend on goods and services. In 2014 Sanders voted to raise the federal minimum to $10.10 an hour. The same year, he also voted in favor of a Senate bill designed to close loopholes for businesses that outsource jobs overseas. He has also voted for legislation that would equalize pay between genders.|
|Ben Carson |
|The retired neurosurgeon has not created any jobs, but as former director of the Johns Hopkins pediatric surgery department he oversaw a staff that in its current form numbers more than two dozen people.|
|Ted Cruz |
|Cruz voted against legislation that would close loopholes for businesses that move jobs overseas. The Texas senator has voted against the Highway Trust Fund, which supports critical roads and rail infrastructure businesses depend on. In 2014 he voted against raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from $7.25. Like fellow GOP senator Marco Rubio, he voted to support the Keystone XL Pipeline, which President Obama vetoed due to environmental and other concerns but that many pro-business groups suggest would have created jobs.|
|John Kasich |
|The Ohio governor claims to have created 400,000 jobs in his home state, including in the state's burgeoning natural gas industry. As of December, Ohio had an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is about 0.2 percent lower than the national average.|
|Marco Rubio |
|In 2015, the Florida senator voted in favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which many conservatives said would have created jobs. In 2014 he voted against a bill that would have raised the federal minimum wage of workers to $10.10 an hour. Like Cruz, he voted against legislation that would have closed tax loopholes for businesses offshoring jobs. Rubio also has voted against legislation aimed at addressing the gender pay gap.|
|Donald Trump |
|Donald Trump currently employs more than 22,000 people at the Trump Organization. However, he has stoked controversy for allegedly hiring undocumented workers to build Trump Towers, and for leaning on guest-worker programs, rather than hiring U.S. employees.|