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Stacey Abrams on Free Trade
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger (GA); 2020 Veepstakes contender
Click here for 2 full quotes by Stacey Abrams OR click here for Stacey Abrams on other issues.
  • Trade policy should not be based on brinksmanship. (May 2019)
  • Tariffs on Chinese steel are a terrible idea. (Nov 2018)
Justin Amash on Free Trade
Independent MI Rep; possible Presidential Challenger
Click here for 2 full quotes by Justin Amash OR click here for Justin Amash on other issues.
  • Rated Oppose USMCA until more environmental & job protections. (Dec 2019)
  • Rated 63% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade. (Dec 2012)
Joe Biden on Free Trade
Former Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 39 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • China is a competitor, not an opponent. (Sep 2020)
  • Won't be at the mercy of other countries to protect our own. (Aug 2020)
  • Trump's flimsy trade deal sells out US interest to China. (Jun 2020)
  • Chinese pollution will result in tariffs on their products. (Feb 2020)
  • Either we make up trade policy, or China will. (Sep 2019)
  • Use tariffs to get China to pay the price for pollution. (Sep 2019)
  • Labor should be involved in renegotiating NAFTA/USMCA. (Jul 2019)
  • Push for agreements that don't hurt consumers or business. (Jul 2019)
  • US must take lead on free trade, but deal with uneven impact. (Sep 2016)
  • Comprehensive transatlantic trade agreement is within reach. (Feb 2013)
  • Permanent normal trade relations to Russia. (Feb 2013)
  • Competition with China pushes for better products & policies. (Feb 2012)
  • Toughest choice: rationalizing competition & trade policy. (Dec 2007)
  • I'm a "car guy"; I recognize importance of manufacturing. (Oct 2005)

    Protectionism

  • Buying American doesn't violate any trade agreement. (Apr 2021)
  • Reinstate Trump's 10% tariffs on aluminum from UAE. (Feb 2021)
  • Malarkey that China paid farmers; taxpayers did. (Oct 2020)
  • FactCheck: Yes, US has tried "Buy American" for 100 years. (Sep 2020)
  • China unfairly competes with state-owned enterprises. (Sep 2020)
  • Countervailing duties against unfair trade practices. (Mar 2012)
  • Built environmental and labor standards in trade agreements. (Dec 2007)
  • Opposes fast-track to protect labor rights. (Nov 2007)
  • Shut down any imports of toys from China. (Oct 2007)
  • Presidentís job is to create jobs, not to export jobs. (Aug 2007)
  • No trade agreements without workersí & environmental rights. (Jul 2007)

    Voting Record

  • No to tariffs; just enforce the law. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • Rated 42% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
Don Blankenship on Free Trade
WV Senate contender and Constitution Party presidential nominee
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    No stance on record.
Mike Bloomberg on Free Trade
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
Click here for 10 full quotes by Mike Bloomberg OR click here for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.
  • China tariff--2015: incalculable damage; 2019: not damaging. (Feb 2020)
  • Trade with China is good for consumers & the US economy. (Dec 2019)
  • Supports TPP and opposes trade war with China. (Dec 2019)
  • Vocal defender of global trade and multinational trade deals. (Dec 2019)
  • Punitive tariffs harms us, kills jobs, strains relations. (Apr 2018)
  • Protectionist viewpoint has a heavy price to country. (Dec 2007)
  • Global economy isnít zero-sum game: US & China can both gain. (Dec 2007)
  • Staunchly for free trade and against protectionism. (Mar 2007)
  • Open borders for trade encourage entrepreneurship. (Aug 2001)
  • American competitive position is strong against China and EU. (Aug 2001)
Cory Booker on Free Trade
Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator; 2020 presidential contender (withdrawn)
Click here for 13 full quotes by Cory Booker OR click here for Cory Booker on other issues.
  • Labor & environment should be at center of every trade deal. (Sep 2019)
  • No fast-track trade authority for Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Feb 2019)
  • Deal with China despite their cheating. (Apr 2017)
  • Promote exports, but restrict multilateral trade deals. (Apr 2017)
  • No fast-track for Trans-Pacific Partnership. (May 2015)
  • African trade makes stable countries & good for our security. (Nov 2013)
  • China cheats via currency manipulation & IP theft. (Nov 2013)
  • China is engaging in unfair trade practices. (Aug 2013)
  • Declare Turkish rebar subject to anti-dumping duties. (Apr 2014)
  • Fight Chinese predatory trade practices on car tires. (Sep 2014)
  • Rated Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank. (Oct 2015)
  • $25B more loans from Export-Import Bank. (Mar 2015)
  • Rated Oppose USMCA until more environmental & job protections. (Dec 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Free Trade
Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor
Click here for 10 full quotes by Pete Buttigieg OR click here for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.
  • I support USMCA, but focus on people over corporations. (Jan 2020)
  • Trump tariffs come down on us, without any bigger strategy. (Sep 2019)
  • Invest in domestic competitiveness to stay ahead of China. (Aug 2019)
  • Americans pay the price for Trump's trade war with China. (Aug 2019)
  • Deals must support workers, but US can't sit on sidelines. (Jul 2019)
  • Support African nations; recognize market opportunities. (Jul 2019)
  • Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA. (Jul 2019)
  • Don't use tariffs to pressure countries. (Jul 2019)
  • Tariffs are taxes; we pay $800 a year for Trump's tariffs. (Jun 2019)
  • Free trade doesn't have to mean exporting jobs. (Apr 2019)
Julian Castro on Free Trade
Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn); former HUD Secretary
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  • Erratic, haphazard trade wars hurt American families. (Sep 2019)
  • Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA. (Jul 2019)
  • Protect American workers but take part in global economy. (Apr 2019)
  • Renegotiate NAFTA to protect workers & environment. (Feb 2019)
  • Renegotiate NAFTA. (Jan 2019)
Bill de Blasio on Free Trade
NYC Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn)
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  • Dislikes multilateral trade deals, including NAFTA and TPP. (Aug 2019)
  • USMCA is worse than NAFTA. (Jul 2019)
  • Democrats should stand for workers not corporations. (Jul 2019)
  • NAFTA was a disaster; we will not repeat mistake with TPP. (Apr 2016)
Rocky De La Fuente on Free Trade
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  • American citizens' economic security takes priority. (Jun 2020)
Tulsi Gabbard on Free Trade
Democratic Presidential Challenger; HI Rep.
Click here for 5 full quotes by Tulsi Gabbard OR click here for Tulsi Gabbard on other issues.
  • TPP gave away our sovereignty to international panel. (Jul 2019)
  • Don't keep Trump tariffs on China. (Jul 2019)
  • Ban oil & gas exports; end fossil-fuel subsidies. (Apr 2019)
  • $25B more loans from Export-Import Bank. (Feb 2015)
  • Implement USMCA for improved North American trade. (Dec 2019)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Free Trade
Democratic Senator (NY); Democratic Candidate for President (withdrawn)
Click here for 12 full quotes by Kirsten Gillibrand OR click here for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.
  • NAFTA 2.0 is a disaster; trade war harms producers. (Aug 2019)
  • Don't use tariffs to pressure countries. (Jul 2019)
  • Renegotiate NAFTA; add environmental protections. (Jan 2019)
  • Protect American jobs from going overseas. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Declare Turkish rebar subject to anti-dumping duties. (Apr 2014)
  • Fight Chinese predatory trade practices on car tires. (Sep 2014)
  • Rated Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank. (Oct 2015)
  • Rated Oppose USMCA until more environmental & job protections. (Dec 2019)
  • Block NAFTA Superhighway & North American Union. (Jan 2007)
  • Rated 38% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions. (Dec 2012)
Mike Gravel on Free Trade
Libertarian for President; Former Dem. Senator (AK); withdrew from Presidential primary July 2019
Click here for 4 full quotes by Mike Gravel OR click here for Mike Gravel on other issues.
  • No sanctions on China or Venezuela, but no trade agreements. (Apr 2008)
  • CAFTA & NAFTA cause unemployment in Mexico & Central America. (Sep 2007)
  • Trade agreements only benefit shareholders. (Jun 2007)
  • Tariffs on China could spur worldwide economic downturn. (May 2008)
Kamala Harris on Free Trade
Democratic candidate for President (withdrawn); California Senator
Click here for 9 full quotes by Kamala Harris OR click here for Kamala Harris on other issues.
  • Export American products, not American jobs. (Sep 2019)
  • Trump's tariffs are a trade tax on workers and farmers. (Jul 2019)
  • Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA. (Jul 2019)
  • Don't use tariffs to pressure countries. (Jul 2019)
  • Trade agreements should address climate change. (May 2019)
  • Opposed TPP for invalidating California environmental laws. (Feb 2019)
  • Consumers hurt by trade wars, while corporations benefit. (Feb 2019)
  • TPP doesn't offer sufficient worker protections. (May 2016)
  • Rated Oppose USMCA until more environmental & job protections. (Dec 2019)
Howie Hawkins on Free Trade
Green Party Challenger for President
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  • Trade agreements must benefit workers, protect environment. (May 2019)
  • Repeal NAFTA & CAFTA. (Aug 2006)
John Hickenlooper on Free Trade
Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrew, Aug. 2019); CO Governor
Click here for 6 full quotes by John Hickenlooper OR click here for John Hickenlooper on other issues.
  • No trade war in history ever had a winner. (Jul 2019)
  • Fair & open trade makes us safer and more prosperous. (May 2019)
  • No tariffs on goods from China and Europe. (Mar 2019)
  • Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA. (Oct 2018)
  • Reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank. (Jul 2014)
  • Support long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. (Apr 2015)
Jo Jorgensen on Free Trade
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John Kasich on Free Trade
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 & 2016 candidate for President
Click here for 16 full quotes by John Kasich OR click here for John Kasich on other issues.
  • Review trade violations without heavy-handed tariffs. (Jun 2018)
  • Combat Chinese dumping and currency manipulation. (Jun 2018)
  • Trade was not responsible for job losses; technology was. (Jun 2018)
  • Support TPP to eliminate 18,000 foreign tariffs on US goods. (Jun 2018)
  • Tariffs lead to acrimony among friends & going it alone. (Jun 2018)
  • Tariffs slow down the economy and hurt 40 million jobs. (Jun 2018)
  • Supports Trans-Pacific Partnership but not trade ideology. (Sep 2016)
  • TPP takes advantage of economic opportunities in Pacific Rim. (Sep 2016)
  • Shut down trade when countries dump in America. (Mar 2016)
  • I support fair trade against dumping, to protect steel. (Jan 2016)
  • TPP is a strategic alliance against China. (Nov 2015)
  • Open trade is good for us, but don't be saps. (Jul 2015)
  • Trade, but not at all costs: clamp down on cheaters. (Jul 2015)
  • Supports NAFTA and GATT. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
Amy Klobuchar on Free Trade
DFL Sr Senator (MN); Democratic presidential contender
Click here for 22 full quotes by Amy Klobuchar OR click here for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.
  • Voted yes for USMCA due to trade improvements. (Feb 2020)
  • We need a North American trading bloc to take on China. (Jan 2020)
  • Supports USMCA because it improves labor standards. (Dec 2019)
  • Trump tariffs have already cost us 300,000 jobs. (Sep 2019)
  • China: we need credibility, would remove some tariffs. (Aug 2019)
  • Demand changes to NAFTA; use tariffs to crack down. (Jul 2019)
  • Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA. (Jul 2019)
  • Use tariffs to crack down on certain countries. (Jul 2019)
  • China trade problems are real; use allies, not broad tariffs. (Jun 2019)
  • Can't just talk about trade war with China, get it done. (Jun 2019)
  • Supports tariffs on foreign steel & aluminum. (Nov 2018)
  • Increase jobs by exporting, and enforcing against dumping. (Aug 2015)
  • Immediate action on steel dumping, to protect U.S. jobs. (Apr 2015)
  • I will fight for fair trade. (Jan 2006)
  • Opposes CAFTA. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
  • Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets. (Mar 2010)
  • Fight Chinese predatory trade practices on car tires. (Sep 2014)
  • Rated Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank. (Oct 2015)
  • Implement USMCA for improved North American trade. (Dec 2019)
  • Rated 50% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade. (Dec 2012)
Gloria La Riva on Free Trade
Party for Socialism and Liberation nominee for President
Click here for 2 full quotes by Gloria La Riva OR click here for Gloria La Riva on other issues.
  • Support global transformation from capitalism to socialism. (Aug 2020)
  • Free trade enriches capitalists and displaces humans. (Jan 2008)
Beto O`Rourke on Free Trade
Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee
Click here for 10 full quotes by Beto O`Rourke OR click here for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.
  • Enforce high standards for labor, environment, human rights. (Aug 2019)
  • Need allies in war, including trade wars. (Jul 2019)
  • Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA. (Jul 2019)
  • Don't use tariffs to pressure countries. (Jul 2019)
  • Support NAFTA and TPP. (Mar 2019)
  • Traveled to Asia with Obama to push TPP. (Mar 2019)
  • Tariffs on China will devastate our economy. (Oct 2018)
  • Make our international ports modern, efficient and safe. (Nov 2012)
  • $70B in legal trade passes through El Paso to Mexico. (Nov 2011)
  • $25B more loans from Export-Import Bank. (Feb 2015)
Barack Obama on Free Trade
Democratic President (2009-2017); IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 41 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • 21st century businesses need to sell more overseas. (Jan 2015)
  • Export more goods stamped "Made in the USA". (Jan 2014)
  • Negotiate a Transatlantic and a Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Feb 2013)
  • China is an adversary but also a potential partner. (Oct 2012)
  • Develop alternatives to importing rare earths from China. (Sep 2012)
  • Skeptical on whether China feels bound by global trade rules. (Jun 2012)
  • Trade Enforcement Unit: inspections for safe imports. (Jan 2012)
  • FactCheck: Chinese tire import ban replaced by other imports. (Jan 2012)
  • Double our exports by 2014; starting with South Korea. (Jan 2011)
  • FactCheck: Yes, exports up; but not enough to double by 2014. (Jan 2011)
  • Enforce trade being reciprocal; not just a one-way street. (Jan 2010)
  • More exports means more jobs; double exports for 2M new jobs. (Jan 2010)
  • We export only 4,000 cars to Korea; thatís not free trade!. (Oct 2008)
  • Trade is here to stay; we have to compete. (Aug 2008)
  • Global trade is unsustainable if it favors only the few. (Jul 2008)
  • Assist workers who lose globalization's race to the bottom. (Jul 2008)
  • Impossible to turn back globalization; weíd be worse off. (Jun 2008)
  • Donít let trade policy be dictated by special interests. (Jun 2008)
  • Strong labor, safety, and environmental standards on trade. (Feb 2008)
  • More Transition Assistance for displaced workers. (Feb 2008)
  • Enforce environmental & labor provisions in trade agreements. (Jan 2008)
  • Enforce existing safety laws against Chinese products. (Dec 2007)
  • Congress subsidizes megafarms & hurts family farmers. (Aug 2007)
  • People donít want cheaper T-shirts if it costs their job. (Aug 2007)
  • Reinvest in communities that are burdened by globalization. (Jun 2007)
  • Fair trade should have tangible benefits for US. (Jun 2004)

    Free Trade Agreements

  • TPP facilitates US control over Asian market. (Jan 2016)
  • TPP cuts 18,000 taxes on products made in America. (Jan 2016)
  • Trade agreements mean we sell "Made in America" to millions. (Sep 2012)
  • Double US exports via deals with Panama, Colombia, & S.Korea. (Jan 2012)
  • China trade deal does too little on fairness & compliance. (Aug 2008)
  • NAFTA protects corporate profits; should protect labor. (Jul 2008)
  • Supports trade & globalization but opposes CAFTA job loss. (Jul 2008)
  • Peru trade OK because it includes labor & enviro protections. (Jul 2008)
  • NAFTA needs to be amended. (Dec 2007)
  • Stand firm against CAFTA for labor & environmental standards. (Aug 2007)
  • Amend NAFTA to add labor agreements. (Aug 2007)
  • Insist on labor and human rights standards for China trade. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
Mike Pence on Free Trade
Republian nominee for Vice President; Governor of Indiana; former Representative (IN-6)
Click here for 16 full quotes by Mike Pence OR click here for Mike Pence on other issues.
  • Vote against USMCA was a vote against jobs. (Oct 2020)
  • China's on notice that the era of economic surrender is over. (Feb 2020)
  • Foreign investment has a positive impact in America. (Sep 2019)
  • Support multilateral negotiations: no nation ruined by trade. (Jul 2016)
  • Supports TPP and trade agreements with Pacific Rim and China. (Jul 2016)
  • Favors free trade, but not tariff dodging from China. (Jan 2014)
  • Favors free trade, but not tariff dodging from China. (Jan 2014)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Rated 61% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
  • Rated 75% by the USAE, indicating support for trade engagement. (Dec 2012)
Bernie Sanders on Free Trade
Democratic primary challenger; Independent VT Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 45 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Not one word in USMCA that deals with climate change. (Feb 2020)
  • Need trade deal that includes stakeholders, not just CEOs. (Jan 2020)
  • USMCA agreement does not prevent outsourcing or talk climate. (Dec 2019)
  • Trade policies should focus on U.S. jobs & lifting the poor. (Jun 2019)
  • FactCheck: NAFTA displaced 851,700; but net loss 15,000/year. (Feb 2019)
  • Real problem with trade is jobs shipped overseas. (Feb 2019)
  • Expand "Buy American" and "Buy Local" as government policy. (Aug 2017)
  • Corporate greed drives business abroad. (Nov 2016)
  • American jobs must no longer be our number one export. (Nov 2016)
  • Don't believe that unfettered trade creates U.S. jobs. (Feb 2016)
  • I will take on corporations that take their jobs to China. (Feb 2016)
  • I strongly opposed NAFTA and DOMA from their inception. (Oct 2015)
  • Priority of trade deals should be helping American workers. (Sep 2015)
  • Base trade policy on working families, not multinationals. (Jun 2015)
  • Wrong, wrong, wrong that trade deals create jobs here. (Apr 2015)
  • 48,000 US factories shut down under Bush due to trade. (Dec 2010)
  • Disastrous trade policies lead to collapse of middle class. (Dec 2010)
  • US trade policies represent interests of corporate America. (Jun 1997)
  • Agreed with Ross Perot's critique of trade policy. (Jun 1997)
  • NAFTA was a sellout to corporate America. (Jun 1997)

    Pacific Trade

  • Americans have to compete with people making pennies an hour. (Mar 2020)
  • Trump's actions on trade destabilizing world economy. (Aug 2019)
  • I disagree with Obama on TPP, but he's done a great job. (Feb 2016)
  • China trade has led to loss of 3M American jobs so far. (Sep 2015)
  • End disastrous NAFTA, CAFTA, and PNTR with China. (Mar 2015)
  • Stop TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Jan 2015)
  • How can we compete against people who make 23 cents an hour? (Dec 2010)
  • NAFTA, GATT, and MFN for China must be repealed. (Jun 1997)

    Voting Record

  • Does not support ANY free trade agreements. (Oct 2015)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 33% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
  • Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation. (Jun 2009)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
  • Fight Chinese predatory trade practices on car tires. (Sep 2014)
  • Rated Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank. (Oct 2015)
  • Rated Oppose USMCA until more environmental & job protections. (Dec 2019)
  • Rated 13% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions. (Dec 2012)
  • No MFN for China; condition trade on human rights. (Nov 1999)
Mark Sanford on Free Trade
Republican SC Governor; previously Representative (SC-1); GOP Presidential Challenger (withdrawn)
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  • Investment cratering; no one knows what's coming next. (Aug 2019)
  • Sugar and peanut subsides make no sense. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Declined state commitment to CAFTA. (Aug 2005)
Howard Schultz on Free Trade
Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President until July 2019
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  • Trump's tariff war is a strategic mistake. (Feb 2019)
  • Bring manufacturing back, even at cost to bottom line. (Nov 2014)
  • Starbucks has opened thousands of stores in China. (Mar 2012)
  • Framework for coffee importers: improve quality of life. (Jan 1999)
Tom Steyer on Free Trade
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO
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  • Unilateral action does not lead to a climate treaty. (Feb 2020)
  • Undo Trump tariffs; negotiate trade deals for U.S. workers. (Jan 2020)
  • No trade war, but stand up to China on intellectual property. (Dec 2019)
  • Trump tax plan & trade war are failures; I can show how. (Oct 2019)
Donald Trump on Free Trade
2016 Republican incumbent President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
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  • Virus proves emphasis on American production. (May 2020)
  • Fact check: Trump claims China is paying new tariffs. (Dec 2019)
  • Nominates opponent of World Bank to lead World Bank. (Feb 2019)
  • Trade deals should be one-on-one that US can terminate. (Feb 2017)
  • Bernie Sanders and I agree: no big quagmire trade deals. (Feb 2017)
  • I disagreed with Ronald Reagan on trade; we need better. (Oct 2016)
  • Stupid people negotiate our trade bills, & trade won't work. (Jun 2015)
  • Renegotiate tougher & fairer trade agreements. (Jul 2000)
  • President should be nationís trade representative. (Dec 1999)
  • World views US trade officials as Ďsapsí. (Dec 1999)

    North American Trade

  • Fact-Check:USMCA mostly a cosmetic refreshing of NAFTA. (Feb 2020)
  • FactCheck: NAFTA displaced 851,700; but net loss 15,000/year. (Feb 2019)
  • USMCA delivers dreams shattered by catastrophe of NAFTA. (Feb 2019)
  • NAFTA was worst trade deal ever; TPP is a close second. (Sep 2016)
  • With a $58 billion trade deficit, Mexico will pay for wall. (Feb 2016)
  • 35% import tax on Mexican border. (Jun 2015)

    Pacific Trade

  • China has already paid $28B to our farmers. (Oct 2020)
  • China should buy more American farm products. (Jun 2020)
  • No other president ever thought of imposing tariffs on China. (Feb 2020)
  • We said "that's enough" to China & signed new trade deal. (Feb 2020)
  • China's President Xi is both an enemy and a friend. (Sep 2019)
  • Tariffs on $250B of Chinese goods: Treasury gains billions. (Feb 2019)
  • China is no longer a currency manipulator. (Apr 2017)
  • China is dumping steel all over & killing steel companies. (Oct 2016)
  • It's not free trade with China; it's stupid trade. (Mar 2016)
  • I've been moving clothing-making from China to U.S. (Mar 2016)
  • Chinese are savvy businesspeople: our enemy who need us. (Nov 2015)
  • China and Japan are beating us; I can beat China. (Jun 2015)
  • Repatriate jobs that China has been stealing. (Dec 2011)

    Protectionism

  • Trumpism means great trade deals. (Feb 2021)
  • Says China is paying BIG TARIFFS, but U.S. consumers pay. (May 2019)
  • The Reciprocal Trade Act lets us respond to unfair tariffs. (Feb 2019)
  • FactCheck: No, tariffs won't "make America rich again". (Dec 2018)
  • Country built on tariffs; they'll lead to new trade deals. (Aug 2018)
  • Trade wars are good; tariffs on steel and aluminum. (Mar 2018)
  • The era of economic surrender is over: reciprocal fair trade. (Jan 2018)
  • Put American firms first in federal contracts. (Apr 2017)
  • US companies pay high tariffs abroad; let's change that. (Feb 2017)
  • Protection will make America strong. (Jan 2017)
  • Two simple rules: buy American, and hire American. (Jan 2017)
  • FactCheck: Yes, has opposed trade deals since Reagan. (Oct 2016)
  • FactCheck: No, VATs are not tariffs against US exports. (Sep 2016)
  • Tax imports when U.S. companies manufacture abroad. (Sep 2016)
  • Identify every violation of trade agreements, and prosecute. (Jun 2016)
  • Restrict free trade to keep jobs in US. (Oct 2015)
  • 20% tax on all imported goods. (Dec 2011)
  • Embrace globalization and international markets. (Jan 2008)
  • Signed USMCA to improve trade as "NAFTA 2.0". (Dec 2019)
Jesse Ventura on Free Trade
Former Independent MN Governor; possible Presidential Challenger
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  • NAFTA reservations: Mexican labor conditions & US job loss. (Apr 2008)
  • Active role in bringing China into WTO. (Apr 2008)
  • Trade creates jobs & productivity. (Sep 2000)
  • When I travel abroad it will be with a serious economic plan. (Mar 1999)
  • Trading with China is a no-brainer. (Jul 2000)
  • Opening markets will cause Chinaís downfall. (Jul 2000)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (May 1998)
  • Grant fast-track authority to the President. (Nov 1999)
Arvin Vohra on Free Trade
Libertarian candidate for President; Libertarian Party Vice-Chair
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  • Eliminate all tariffs, sanctions, & trade restrictions. (Mar 2018)
  • Make trade with countries, not war. (Feb 2018)
Joe Walsh on Free Trade
Republican presidential primary challenger (former IL Rep.)
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  • Everybody loses in a trade war with China. (Dec 2019)
  • Supports a free trade system; opposes tariffs on China. (Sep 2019)
  • China cheats world, so deal with them with world coalition. (Sep 2019)
  • Tariffs are a tax increase on middle-class Americans. (Aug 2019)
  • Rated 63% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade. (Dec 2012)
Elizabeth Warren on Free Trade
Massachusetts Senator; former head of CFPB; Dem. Presidential Challenger
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  • USMCA makes things somewhat better for workers. (Feb 2020)
  • China trade deal will help farmers, then work to improve it. (Jan 2020)
  • Multinational corporations have no loyalty to America. (Oct 2019)
  • Countries want to trade with us; so push for human rights. (Oct 2019)
  • Giant corporations set our trade policy; add in activists. (Sep 2019)
  • Everybody wants access to American market; so leverage China. (Sep 2019)
  • Climate adjustment fee on imports based on carbon use. (Sep 2019)
  • NAFTA 2.0 is about Big Pharma extending exclusive profits. (Jul 2019)
  • Trade policy written by corporations to help corporations. (Jul 2019)
  • Having workers in trade negotiations is not extreme. (Jul 2019)
  • We need to do trading deals differently & help workers. (Mar 2019)
  • We need allies to stand up to China on trade issues. (Mar 2019)
  • Alternative to bad trade deals is not to shut down all trade. (Apr 2017)
  • Why can corporations sue on trade deals, but workers can't? (Apr 2017)
  • Middle-class are angry at trade deals. (Apr 2017)
  • Strong export economy means influence around the world. (Jul 2016)
  • Key is fair, enforceable agreements that protect workers. (Jun 2015)
  • Against a Pacific Trade Deal that only works for rich. (Apr 2015)
  • Make trade deals transparent, even if that causes opposition. (Nov 2014)
  • Trade deals are Christmas gifts for big corporations. (Nov 2014)
  • No secrecy in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. (Aug 2014)
  • Make things & sell things to the rest of the world. (Dec 2011)
  • Fair trade respecting worker rights and environment. (Sep 2011)
  • Fight Chinese predatory trade practices on car tires. (Sep 2014)
  • Rated Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank. (Oct 2015)
  • Implement USMCA for improved North American trade. (Dec 2019)
Bill Weld on Free Trade
Libertarian Party nominee for Vice Pres.; former GOP MA Governor; 2020 GOP Presidential Challenger
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  • Rejoin TPP in a heartbeat: beachhead against China. (Sep 2019)
  • Return to free trade; tariffs counterproductive. (Feb 2019)
  • Tariffs in 1920s croaked the world economy. (Jun 2016)
  • Despite being Libertarian VP, still interested in free trade. (May 2016)
Kanye West on Free Trade
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    No stance on record.
Marianne Williamson on Free Trade
Author & Democratic Presidential Challenger
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  • Take strong position on China on human rights & business. (Aug 2019)
  • No TPP without greater protections for workers & environment. (Aug 2019)
  • Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA. (Jul 2019)
Andrew Yang on Free Trade
Democratic Presidential Challenger & Tech CEO
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  • Tariffs pummel our farmers; but we need a deal with China. (Sep 2019)
  • Would not stand in way of fossil fuel exports from US. (Sep 2019)
  • Create a path forward on China that works for both sides. (Aug 2019)
  • Partner to help African nations & expand markets. (Aug 2019)
  • We need to crack down, but tariffs & trade wars are wrong. (Jun 2019)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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