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As Democrats fret over 'sharing economy,' GOP moves in

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By NICHOLAS RICCARDI
Associated Press

DENVER (AP) -- The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber and companies like it is laying bare a divide in the Democratic Party and the left about how to handle the "sharing economy."

Republicans want to exploit that ambivalence and make inroads into a wealthy sector of the tech industry.

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton has pledged to crack down on companies that classify workers as contractors rather than employees -- as critics contend Uber and others often do.

Some Democrats see technology hubs such as Silicon Valley as a symbol of income inequality.

But Republican candidates are making Silicon Valley a regular stop in their campaign and showing they value such companies.

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