State of Arizona Archives: on Free Trade


Fred DuVal: More export trade with Mexico; border is a strategic asset

A strong export rate is a key indicator of a healthy economy and job creation, but Arizona's neighbors have surpassed us in this critical area. We can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines while other states build jobs and economies through trade with Mexico. While our politicians treat our extensive border with Mexico as a liability, Fred will treat it as a strategic asset that should be utilized to grow Arizona's economy. Arizona--with our proximity to population hubs in Southwestern states and Southern California--should be the main conduit for the transportation of goods and products throughout the United States. As Governor, Fred is ready to expand trade relations with Mexico and claim this economic boom for Arizona beginning his first week in office
Source: 2014 Arizona gubernatorial campaign website, Fred2014.com Jul 2, 2014

Jeff Flake: It's out of whack to get sued by Brazil over cotton subsidy

The Farm Bill sparked the longest exchange between the candidates. Carmona said the bill should offer "appropriate support to farmers struggling here along the border."

Flake agreed on a need to redo the bill, describing it as being "out of whack." In particular, Flake said he opposes the bill's cotton subsidies to U.S. farmers, which have resulted in annual payments of $150 million to Brazil after they sued the US and the World Trade Organization found the subsidies "unfair" to the global market.

Source: Yuma Sun on 2012 Arizona "Rural Issues" Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Jim Pederson: Vote against making it easier to ship jobs overseas

PEDERSON: This government is not the government of business any more. This administration is leading us down the path of financial ruin. Weíve had a pretty good run over the last 10 years, and created a lot of jobs. But look where those good-paying jobs are going. Theyíre going overseas. My opponent has voted to make it EASIER for American companies to ship jobs overseas. Thatís not the way Iíd vote
Source: Arizona 2006 Senate debate at KPHO in Phoenix Oct 15, 2006

Janet Napolitano: Expedite transport of goods to and from Arizona

Trade with Mexico represents another tremendous opportunity to expand Arizonaís economy. I have worked hard this year to enhance our already-strong relations with Mexico through productive meetings with President Fox and Sonora Governor Eduardo Bours. My administration continues to work through the Arizona-Mexico Commission and our counterparts in Mexico to further develop the Canamex Corridor and Cyberport capabilities to expedite the transport of goods to and from Arizona.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

Jane Dee Hull: Proud of all-time record trade levels with Mexico

While we work hard at home, we cannot forget we are in the global economy and we cannot forget our neighbor to the south. We have a long history of cooperation and commerce with Mexico and I am proud that we continue to build on that tradition. In fact, in the last year, we set an all-time record of trade with Mexico. Our exports totaled nearly $3.5 billion, up approximately 50% from the prior year. While I differ [with Mexican Pres. Fox] on some specifics, we share a goal of progress along our border.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arizona legislature Jan 8, 2001

Alan Keyes: WTO is not representative; hence unconstitutional

KEYES [to Bauer]: The WTO is an unrepresentative body based on an illegitimate principle of government; it is not a body that contains entities that are based upon consent. And yet it could make decisions that affect our lives & jobs. Our Constitution says that our representative bodies are supposed to be composed of states based on republican forms of government-consent not dictatorship. How can you support our membership in the WTO without violating our constitutional liberties?

BAUER: I donít like bureaucrats-they are out of the reach of the people. I donít like HMO bureaucrats; I donít like Washington bureaucrats that are trying to run the schools. And I donít like WTO bureaucrats either. I think that when decisions are made that affect the way we live, that affect our jobs, those decisions ought to be made by people that we can reach, so if we donít like what theyíve decided, we can get rid of them. And I believe that in the case of the WTO, itís a system out of control.

Source: (cross-ref. to Bauer) Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

Gary Bauer: WTO bureaucrats are out of control

KEYES [to Bauer]: The WTO is an unrepresentative body based on an illegitimate principle of government; it is not a body that contains entities that are based upon consent. And yet it could make decisions that affect our lives & jobs. Our Constitution says that our representative bodies are supposed to be composed of states based on republican forms of government-consent not dictatorship. How can you support our membership in the WTO without violating our constitutional liberties?

BAUER: I donít like bureaucrats-they are out of the reach of the people. I donít like HMO bureaucrats; I donít like Washington bureaucrats that are trying to run the schools. And I donít like WTO bureaucrats either. I think that when decisions are made that affect the way we live, that affect our jobs, those decisions ought to be made by people that we can reach, so if we donít like what theyíve decided, we can get rid of them. And I believe that in the case of the WTO, itís a system out of control.

Source: (cross-ref. from Keyes) Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

Gary Bauer: Apply Reaganís USSR policy: No MFN; insist on human rights

BAUER [to Bush]: Ronald Reagan never gave the Soviet Union most favored nation status. He always insisted on progress on human rights & national security. Our new challenge is China. They persecute their people, arrest those who practice their religion, forcible abortions, etc. Yet youíve embraced the policy of Clinton and Gore, you want to give them MFN status & membership in the WTO. Why not follow a Reagan policy instead of a Clintonian policy?

BUSH: [I donít] follow the policies of Clinton-Gore. They believe in whatís called a strategic partnership. I believe in redefining the relationship to one of competitor. But competitors can find common ground. Itís in our best interests to sell to the Chinese, and to make sure that the entrepreneurial class in China flourishes. If we make China make an enemy, theyíll end up being an enemy. If we trade with China, and trade with the entrepreneurial class, and give people a taste of freedom, I think youíll be amazed at how soon democracy will come.

Source: (cross-ref. to Bush) Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

Gary Bauer: Nazi atrocities precluded trade. When will Chinaís?

BAUER [to Bush]: We would never make the argument [that we should work with China] if we were talking about Nazi Germany. Is there no atrocity that you can think of, the labor camps doubling in their slave labor, a bigger crackdown, more priests disappearing in the middle of the night, is there anything that would tell you to put trade on the back burner?

BUSH: Gary, I agree with you that forced abortion is abhorrent. And I agree with you when leaders try to snuff out religion. But I think if we turn our back on China and isolate China things will get worse. Imagine if the Internet took hold in China. Imagine how freedom would spread. Our greatest export to the world has been, is and always will be the incredible freedom we understand in America. And thatís why itís important for us to trade with China to encourage the growth of an entrepreneurial class. It gets that taste of freedom. It gets that breath of freedom in the marketplace.

Source: (cross-ref. to Bush) Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

Gary Bauer: Seattle protestors were right that WTO isnít representative

I donít agree with the demonstrators in the street [at the WTO talks in Seattle]. I think they had a lot of hidden agendas. But they were right about one thing: the WTO is not representative. Itís an alliance between some third world countries and a lot of big corporations. And I think itís hurting American workers & farmers. I suspect the WTO system is so broke that it canít be fixed and weíve got to start over from ground zero. Iím prepared to do that in order to protect American workers and farmers.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

George W. Bush: Work with China, but as a competitor, not a partner

BAUER [to Bush]: Ronald Reagan never gave the Soviet Union most favored nation status. He always insisted on progress on human rights & national security. Our new challenge is China. They persecute their people, arrest those who practice their religion, forcible abortions, etc. Yet youíve embraced the policy of Clinton and Gore, you want to give them MFN status & membership in the WTO. Why not follow a Reagan policy instead of a Clintonian policy?

BUSH: [I donít] follow the policies of Clinton-Gore. They believe in whatís called a strategic partnership. I believe in redefining the relationship to one of competitor. But competitors can find common ground. Itís in our best interests to sell to the Chinese, and to make sure that the entrepreneurial class in China flourishes. If we make China make an enemy, theyíll end up being an enemy. If we trade with China, and trade with the entrepreneurial class, and give people a taste of freedom, I think youíll be amazed at how soon democracy will come.

Source: (cross-ref. from Bauer) Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

George W. Bush: WTO for both China & Taiwan; maintain Taiwan relations law

Itís in our nationís best interests to open up Chinese markets to farm products, to high-tech manufactured goods. So therefore I believe China ought to be in the World Trade Organization. I also believe that Taiwan ought to be in the World Trade Organization. But let me make this clear to you and to the Chinese. I will enforce the Taiwan relations law if Iím the president, if the Chinese get aggressive with the Taiwanese weíll help them defend themselves.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

Orrin Hatch: Chinaís WTO admission will undermine police state

Iím for having China join WTO. Why? Because it will undermine the very same police state that exists there today. I was in China in the late 70ís, early 80ís, late 80ís, early 90ís and late 90ís, and Iíve got to tell you the differences between the 70ís and 80ís and today are just stark and that comes because of economics, of being brought into the world market, of being able to participate.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

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