State of New Mexico secondary Archives: on Free Trade


Dennis Kucinich: First act as president will be to cancel NAFTA

We have to do everything we can to secure our manufacturing base, and that means giving a critical examination to those trade agreements that have caused a loss of hundreds of thousands, in some cases millions of jobs, in this economy. As president of the United States, my first act in office, therefore, will be to cancel NAFTA and the WTO and return to bilateral trade, conditioned on workersí rights, human rights and the environment.

NAFTA makes it impossible to be able to protect workersí rights. Now, those people say theyíre going to put conditions on NAFTA. If you put conditions on NAFTA, thatís WTO illegal. Unless we cancel NAFTA and withdraw from the WTO, we arenít going to [improve the economy]. Iím the one, first day in office, cancel NAFTA, cancel the WTO, return to bilateral trade with all those conditions weíve just spoken about.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Dennis Kucinich: Need specific worker rights written into trade agreements

The only way that we can go back to trade which will work for the American people and for people all over North America is to make sure that we have workersí rights, human rights and environmental quality principles in trade. And by workersí right I mean this: Those have to be written specifically into our trade agreements and they were not. We had intellectual property written into the trade agreements. And we need specifically written into the trade agreements prohibitions on child labor, slave labor, prison labor.

But unless we cancel NAFTA and withdraw from the WTO, we arenít going to get there. So all of this is just talk. Iím the one, first day in office, cancel NAFTA, cancel the WTO, return to bilateral trade with all those conditions weíve just spoken about.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Dennis Kucinich: Companies profit from trade based on Third World misery

Q: If we follow your advice and start to pull out of some of NAFTA and the WTO, wonít the price of everything in Wal-Mart and Kmart go up?

KUCINICH: The real question is what kind of profits do the Kmarts and the Wal-Marts of the world make?

Q: Well, Kmart, not too much.

KUCINICH: But on the misery of those people in Third World countries who are working for pennies an hour and are finding themselves unable to support their own families.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Dick Gephardt: Race to the bottom if we have no trade standards

Q: Weíve heard mixed support for NAFTA & FTAA.

GEPHARDT: Iím surprised to hear the outpouring of support for standards for the environment and labor in treaties like NAFTA. Most of the candidates here voted for those treaties without proper standards. I took on my own president on this. I thought Bill Clinton was wrong, because we didnít have those standards. We had side agreements that didnít mean anything, but we needed in the treaty. Theyíre right. We do have a race to the bottom.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Howard Dean: Free trade based on labor and environmental standards

I do not agree that we ought to get rid of NAFTA and the WTO. But you canít get into the European Union unless you have exactly the same labor and environmental and human rights standards that you do in all those countries. We ought not to be in the business of having free and open borders with countries that donít have the same environmental, labor and human rights standards. And if you do that, weíre going to be able to create manufacturing jobs in America again and theyíll stay in America.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

John Edwards: National venture capital fund for those hurt by trade

You know, the president goes around the country speaking Spanish. The only Spanish he speaks when it comes to jobs is, ďHasta la vista.Ē Hereís what I would do as president. I would make sure in our trade agreements that we had real environmental protections, real labor protections, prohibitions against child labor and forced labor, so that we give our workers a better chance to compete.

But itís not enough to just protect the jobs that we have. We have to create jobs, and particularly in those communities where the job loss has been greatest. First, I would stop these tax loopholes that give American businesses a reason to go overseas. Instead, we ought to give tax breaks to companies thatíll keep jobs right here in America. Then I would identify those places in America that have been hit the hardest, particularly by trade, and create a national venture capital fund for businesses that will locate there, give tax incentives to existing business and industry that will come there.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

John Kerry: FTAA needs more labor and environmental standards

I donít support the Free Trade Agreement of America nor the Central American Free Trade Agreement as it is today because they do desperately need to have increased labor standards, environment standards, to bring other countries up. You canít have trade be a rush to the bottom, and you canít leave other nations with a one-way street, and you canít abuse people the way it has been. It would be wonderful to have a president who could find the rest of the countries in this hemisphere. And I will do that.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

John Kerry: Fix NAFTA-canceling it would be disastrous

I am as strongly committed as Kucinich is to worker rights, but it would be disastrous to just cancel NAFTA and withdraw from the WTO. You have to fix it. You have to have a president who understands how to use the power that we have as the worldís biggest marketplace to properly leverage the kind of behavior that we want. You also have to have a president who is prepared to have an enforcement structure through the powers of the various sections of the trade agreement.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Joseph Lieberman: Bush Recession will become Dean Depression

LIEBERMAN: Dean said in an interview that he would not have bilateral trade agreements with any country that did not observe fully American standards. Now that would mean weíd break our trade agreements with Mexico & with most of the rest of the world. That would cost us millions of jobs. If that ever happened, Iíd say that the Bush recession would be followed by the Dean depression.

DEAN: Our trade relations should rely on labor standards. It doesnít have to be American labor standards; it could be the International Labor Organization standards. We cannot continue to ship our jobs to countries where they get paid 50 cents an hour with no overtime, no labor protections and no right to organize.

LIEBERMAN: Dean, in The Washington Post, referred to American standards, not international standards.

DEAN: Either is fine with me.

LIEBERMAN: Thatís a reassuring change of position. I totally support the application of international labor standards to all of our bilateral trade agreements.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Joseph Lieberman: Iím for fair trade for the Americas

Q: Do you support the FTAA--the Free Trade of the Americas?

LIEBERMAN: I certainly support the goal. American manufacturing is bleeding. The president [asked] China to stop linking their currency to the dollar, which is an unfair advantage they get over American manufacturing. Came back empty-handed. We canít do that. Iím for trade, but for fair trade. The same is true with regard to fair trade for the Americas and Latin America. We have turned our back on our allies to the south.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

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