State of California Archives: on Free Trade


Ro Khanna: Trade agreements fair to U.S. workers & environment

95% of the world's consumers live overseas, yet only about 1% of American companies export. In addition to making American businesses--especially small businesses--more competitive, free and fair trade grows the economies of participating nations.

We need free trade agreements that are fair to U.S. workers and industries, and that include high environmental standards. As a former senior official in the U.S. Commerce Department focused on trade and manufacturing, I know what it takes to open up markets to American products and understand how to promote American exports abroad. I'll work tirelessly to improve America's manufacturing policies and increase our global competitiveness.

[We should] increase funding to the Manufacturing Extension Project. California's decline in manufacturing jobs is particularly sharp. Without a strong base of manufacturing here in Silicon Valley, we lose the infrastructure to develop better products and innovative technology.

Source: 2016 California House campaign website RoKhanna.com Nov 8, 2016

Kamala Harris: TPP doesn't offer sufficient worker protections

Kamala Harris told reporters that she opposed the TPP trade pact because it didn't offer sufficient worker protections. Loretta Sanchez tends to present herself as an economic moderate. But she did Ms. Harris one better. Not only did Rep. Sanchez reiterate her opposition to TPP, but she also joined a protest line of union carpenters outside the convention center, in full view of television cameras, reporters and delegates.

Ms. Harris had previously been circumspect on the trade deal, but Rep. Sanchez's entry into the race has created a situation in which neither candidate wants to risk alienating the Democratic base on such a highly charged issue. If there were any doubt that both candidates had made the politically safe decision, they were quickly put to rest by the rapturous response that Sen. Elizabeth Warren elicited when she told the crowd that TPP would "leave American workers in the dirt."

Source: Wall Street Journal on 2016 California Senate race May 19, 2016

Loretta Sanchez: Opposes TPP; joined union protests against it

Kamala Harris told reporters that she opposed the TPP trade pact because it didn't offer sufficient worker protections. Loretta Sanchez tends to present herself as an economic moderate. But she did Ms. Harris one better. Not only did Rep. Sanchez reiterate her opposition to TPP, but she also joined a protest line of union carpenters outside the convention center, in full view of television cameras, reporters and delegates.

Ms. Harris had previously been circumspect on the trade deal, but Rep. Sanchez's entry into the race has created a situation in which neither candidate wants to risk alienating the Democratic base on such a highly charged issue. If there were any doubt that both candidates had made the politically safe decision, they were quickly put to rest by the rapturous response that Sen. Elizabeth Warren elicited when she told the crowd that TPP would "leave American workers in the dirt."

Source: Wall Street Journal on 2016 California Senate race May 19, 2016

Duf Sundheim: Inclined to support Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact

Sundheim would have voted `yes` on Trade Promotion Authority and is inclined to back the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact between the U.S. and its Asian allies.
Source: Washington Examiner on 2016 California Senate race Jun 4, 2015

Jerry Brown: Open CA trade and investment office in Shanghai

California's exports are booming and our place in the world economy has never been stronger. Our ties with The People's Republic of China in particular are deep--from the Chinese immigrants crossing the Pacific in 1848 to hosting China's next President in Los Angeles last February. This year we will take another step to strengthen the ties--I will lead a trade and investment mission to China with help from the Bay Area Council and officially open California's new trade and investment office in Shanghai
Source: 2013 State of the State address to California Legislature Jan 24, 2013

Carly Fiorina: Change rules about outsourcing; current climate forces it

"Liberals will say I was let go by my board in 2005 and outsourced some jobs overseas," she says bluntly. "But I took the company through the worst technology recession in a generation and created jobs on a net basis. As for the outsourcing, the tax and regulatory climate made it almost impossible not to do that--which is why we have to change it."
Source: Wall Street Journal, "Reboot California" Nov 30, 2009

Bill Jones: Fair trade with level playing field

We need to put ourselves on an equal negotiating basis with our trade partners through Presidential Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). But free trade must be fair trade, and our trade negotiators must stop using agriculture as the trade-off to enter foreign markets. Fair trade must have provisions to ensure a more level playing field on labor and environmental issues. The US must also be more forceful in eliminating the misuse by our trading partners of non-tariff barriers to trade.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website jonesforcalifornia.com “Issues” Oct 15, 2004

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2016 Presidential contenders on Free Trade:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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