Tonight, eight presidential hopefuls will engage in debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.  With many Americans still feeling uncertain about the economy, and more than 9 percent of the workforce unemployed, jobs and the economy are sure to be a hot topic.

We, too, care very much about these issues.  After all, our industry is an important part of America’s economy.  With a direct economic impact of $178.5 billion, we provide more than 208,000 good-paying jobs across our country – and help to support hundreds of thousands more that depend, in part, on beverage sales for their livelihood.

Our presence is felt in every corner of every community in America – from our products in the aisles of neighborhood stores, to our local delivery drivers who distribute them, to our support of local community initiatives and more. So we’ll be tuned in tonight to hear what the candidates have to say – and we hope you will be, too.