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Joe Biden on Free Trade
Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 24 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • Comprehensive transatlantic trade agreement is within reach. (Feb 2013)
  • Permanent normal trade relations to Russia. (Feb 2013)
  • Countervailing duties against unfair trade practices. (Mar 2012)
  • Competition with China pushes for better products & policies. (Feb 2012)
  • Built environmental and labor standards in trade agreements. (Dec 2007)
  • Toughest choice: rationalizing competition & trade policy. (Dec 2007)
  • Opposes fast-track to protect labor rights. (Nov 2007)
  • Shut down any imports of toys from China. (Oct 2007)
  • President’s job is to create jobs, not to export jobs. (Aug 2007)
  • No trade agreements without workers’ & 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)
Mike Bloomberg on Free Trade
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
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  • Protectionist viewpoint has a heavy price to country. (Dec 2007)
  • Global economy isn’t zero-sum game: US & China can both gain. (Dec 2007)
  • Staunchly for free trade and against protectionism. (Mar 2007)
John Bolton on Free Trade
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    No stance on record.
Jeb Bush on Free Trade
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
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  • Advocated Miami as HQ for Free Trade Area of the Americas. (Nov 2003)
  • Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports. (Sep 2001)
Ben Carson on Free Trade
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    No stance on record.
Hillary Clinton on Free Trade
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 24 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • Have a trade prosecutor to enforce the trade agreements. (Feb 2008)
  • AdWatch: Supported NAFTA in 1998; opposed CAFTA since 2005. (Jan 2008)
  • Criticized trade pacts for weak labor standards. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: for NAFTA while First Lady; now against CAFTA. (Oct 2007)
  • Export from big agribusiness, but also from small farmers. (Aug 2007)
  • Smart, pro-American trade: NAFTA has hurt workers. (Aug 2007)
  • No fast-track authority for this president. (Aug 2007)
  • Better approach: real trade adjustment assistance. (Aug 2007)
  • End tax breaks for outsourcing jobs. (Jun 2007)
  • Defended outsourcing of US jobs to India. (Oct 2005)
  • Globalization should not substitute for humanization. (Jun 1999)
  • Supports MFN for China, despite concerns over human rights. (Oct 2000)

    Voting Record

  • Though Bill supported it, Hillary opposed NAFTA. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted against CAFTA despite Bill Clinton’s pushing NAFTA. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
Ted Cruz on Free Trade
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  • Defended Chinese company on intellectual property theft. (May 2012)
  • Dewhurst lying about defending Chinese intellectual property. (May 2012)
Andrew Cuomo on Free Trade
Democratic Governor
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    No stance on record.
Rahm Emanuel on Free Trade
Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee
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  • Pushed through the NAFTA treaty. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000)
Newt Gingrich on Free Trade
Former Republican Representative (GA-6) and Speaker of the House
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  • Mitt Romney's trade & immigration stances compared to Newt's. (Feb 2012)
  • Supported NAFTA, GATT, WTO, and MFN. (May 2011)
  • Protectionism helps China & India challenge US supremacy. (Dec 2006)
  • Ask major exporters what they need to compete globally. (Jul 1996)
  • Mutual trade: neither free trade nor protectionism. (Jun 1995)
Nikki Haley on Free Trade
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    No stance on record.
Mike Huckabee on Free Trade
Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
Click here for 13 full quotes by Mike Huckabee OR click here for Mike Huckabee on other issues.
  • Free AND fair trade: globalize, but help those whom it harms. (Nov 2008)
  • Diplomacy hasn't worked; impose sanctions on China. (Nov 2008)
  • Supports NAFTA & CAFTA, if partners “hafta” abide by rules. (Jan 2008)
  • Fair trade includes lead-free products & playing by rules. (Jan 2008)
  • A free country must feed, fuel, & fight for itself. (Dec 2007)
  • We need fair trade because we’re losing jobs. (Oct 2007)
  • This country can never yield its sovereignty for any reason. (Sep 2007)
  • Trade sanctions on Saudi Arabia for persecuting Christians. (Sep 2007)
  • China trade contingent on human rights & product safety. (Sep 2007)
  • No NAFTA Superhighway from Canada to Mexico. (Sep 2007)
  • Marketplace pushes innovation to top & prices to bottom. (Jan 2007)
  • Farm subsidies ok because Europe & Asia do same. (Jan 2007)
  • Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports. (Sep 2001)
Jon Huntsman on Free Trade
Republican UT Governor
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  • China will say our QE1 and QE2 were currency manipulation. (Oct 2011)
  • Establish a Free Trade Area of the Americas. (Jun 2011)
  • Open up global markets for Utah businesses. (Nov 2006)
Bobby Jindal on Free Trade
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
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  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
Gary Johnson on Free Trade
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
Click here for 3 full quotes by Gary Johnson OR click here for Gary Johnson on other issues.
  • No tariffs, no restrictions; but no corporatism. (Jul 2011)
  • Eliminate needless barriers to free trade. (May 2011)
  • NAFTA benefits New Mexico; jobs lost are those we don't want. (Jan 2001)
Peter King on Free Trade
Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life Representative (NY-3)
Click here for 10 full quotes by Peter King OR click here for Peter King on other issues.
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 39% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
Martin O`Malley on Free Trade
Democrat
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  • Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000)
Barack Obama on Free Trade
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 38 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • 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; that’s 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; we’d be worse off. (Jun 2008)
  • Don’t 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 don’t 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

  • 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)
Sarah Palin on Free Trade
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
Click here for 8 full quotes by Sarah Palin OR click here for Sarah Palin on other issues.
  • Government is unnecessary for economic cooperation. (Nov 2010)
  • Bothered by China's bid to control Alaska gasline. (Nov 2009)
  • Establish viable commercial fisheries in international seas. (Jan 2009)
  • Trade important to Alaska, but keep Alaska residents first. (Sep 2008)
  • Allow wineries to ship by mail within state. (Jun 2008)
  • International markets and companies trust Alaska. (Apr 2008)
  • Exempt Alaskan cruise ships from customs rule changes. (Dec 2007)
  • Record-high exports; growth of 12.6% since last year. (Feb 2007)
Deval Patrick on Free Trade
Democrat
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  • New airports open our doors to new markets. (Jan 2014)
Rand Paul on Free Trade
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  • Participated with Raw Milk Freedom Riders civil disobedience. (Sep 2012)
Rick Perry on Free Trade
Republican Governor (TX)
Click here for 4 full quotes by Rick Perry OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • NAFTA is largest job stimulus of the decade. (Sep 2011)
  • Welcome market of united Europe & ever-growing China & India. (Nov 2010)
  • Milk price controls are egregiously interventionist. (Nov 2010)
  • Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports. (Sep 2001)
Rob Portman on Free Trade
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (OH-2)
Click here for 11 full quotes by Rob Portman OR click here for Rob Portman on other issues.
  • Pass more trade agreements to increase Ohio exports. (Oct 2010)
  • Served as trade representative under Pres. George W. Bush. (Oct 2010)
  • Steadfast proponent of the power of open markets. (May 2005)
  • Supports Central American & Dominican Republic trade. (May 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)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 56% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
  • Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices. (Feb 2013)
Condoleezza Rice on Free Trade
Secretary of State
Click here for 4 full quotes by Condoleezza Rice OR click here for Condoleezza Rice on other issues.
  • China has signed 15 agreements in time Obama signed only 3. (Aug 2012)
  • Goal is free trade area from Canada to Chile. (Mar 2005)
  • For mulilateral free trade, but no US-EU trade bloc. (Jun 2000)
  • Protesting the WTO doesn’t help developing countries. (Jun 2000)
Mitt Romney on Free Trade
Former Republican Governor (MA); presidential nominee-apparent
Click here for 18 full quotes by Mitt Romney OR click here for Mitt Romney on other issues.
  • Huge opportunity in Latin America; focus there, not China. (Oct 2012)
  • China wants a stable world too; we can partner with them. (Oct 2012)
  • China is winning in the trade war right now. (Oct 2012)
  • Make sure people we trade with play by the rules. (Oct 2012)
  • Open new markets to grow; but also enforce fair trade. (Feb 2012)
  • China's steel dumping forced US mills to close. (Jan 2012)
  • We have to open up markets to America's goods. (Jan 2012)
  • If America fails to protect against China, we'll be eclipsed. (Nov 2011)
  • Trade with China only if they follow international rules. (Nov 2011)
  • Go to WTO about China; we're already in a trade war. (Nov 2011)
  • China is a currency manipulator; go after them for cheating. (Oct 2011)
  • China doesn't want to have a trade war; so push hard. (Oct 2011)
  • Trade is good for the nation, but not good for everybody. (Mar 2010)
  • Protectionism stifles productivity, under Bush AND Obama. (Mar 2010)
  • Re-negotiate trade deals with China and other countries. (Dec 2007)
  • Open up markets to American goods and services. (Oct 2007)
  • Businesspeople should negotiate trade, not politicians. (Oct 2007)
  • Emergence of Asia is an opportunity for trade and commerce. (Dec 2006)
Marco Rubio on Free Trade
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  • Continue reducing barriers to free and fair trade. (Aug 2010)
Paul Ryan on Free Trade
Republican nominee for Vice President; U.S. Rep. (WI-1)
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  • Level the playing field instead of pushing jobs overseas. (Aug 2012)
  • End farm subsidies and open up agricultural export markets. (Aug 2012)
  • 8.5% tax on imports from foreign countries. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 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)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire . (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 67% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
Rick Santorum on Free Trade
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 14 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • I'm for making US more competitive than China. (Oct 2011)
  • 1993: Voted against NAFTA because it hurt PA industries. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES 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 100% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
Donald Trump on Free Trade
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 7 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • 20% tax on all imported goods. (Dec 2011)
  • Fair trade instead of embarrassing deal with South Korea. (Dec 2011)
  • Repatriate jobs that China has been stealing. (Dec 2011)
  • Embrace globalization and international markets. (Jan 2008)
  • Renegotiate tougher & fairer trade agreements. (Jul 2000)
  • President should be nation’s trade representative. (Dec 1999)
  • World views US trade officials as ‘saps’. (Dec 1999)
Jesse Ventura on Free Trade
Former Independent MN Governor
Click here for 7 full quotes by Jesse Ventura OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Trading with China is a no-brainer. (Jul 2000)
  • Opening markets will cause China’s downfall. (Jul 2000)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (May 1998)
  • Grant fast-track authority to the President. (Nov 1999)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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