Political Rivals Pair Up to Discuss Job Creation

September 16, 2011 Updated Sep 16, 2011 at 11:29 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

September 16, 2011 Updated Sep 16, 2011 at 11:29 PM EDT

Akron, NY (WKBW) - Two political rivals who once battled for the same congressional seat put their differences aside Friday to try and boost the creation of local jobs. Congresswoman Kathy Hochul met with Businessman Jack Davis at his manufacturing company in Akron. Hochul won the United States 26th Congressional District Seat against Davis, who ran as an independent, and Republican Jane Corwin. The pair discussed how to keep manufacturers here in America and prevent companies from shipping jobs overseas. Both are concerned about unfair trade agreements.

"Free trade agreements cause the hemorrhage of jobs," said Davis. "That's why we have 25 million Americans unemployed and under employed. We need to change the policies in Washington to put Americans back to work."

"I'm becoming a very loud voice in Washington to ensure we do our very best to support entrepreneurs like Jack Davis who've invested and done their very best to make sure products can compete on the global stage," said Hochul.

Hochul says she has signed a petition to bring up a bill that would assist companies and manufacturers to create close to 2 million jobs.