State of Florida Archives: on Free Trade


Ron Paul: Free trade helps all of Latin America, even Cuba

Q: How would you engage in Latin America to support the governments and the political parties that support democracy and free markets?

PAUL: Well, I think free trade is the answer. Free trade is an answer to a lot of conflicts around the world, so I'm always promoting free trade. And you might add Cuba, too. I think we would be a lot better off trading with Cuba.

But as far as us having an obligation, a military or a financial obligation to go down and dictate to them what government they should have, I don't like that idea. I would try to set a standard here where countries would want to emulate us. Unfortunately, sometimes we slip up on our standards and we go around the world and we try to force ourselves on others. And yet, I believe with friendship and trade, you can have a lot of influence, and I strongly believe that it's time we have friendship and trade with Cuba.

Source: CNN 2012 GOP primary debate on the eve of Florida primary Jan 26, 2012

Alexander Snitker: No free trade agreements; free trade with all nations

Q: Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?

A: No. I support our founders' vision of free trade with all nations, entangling alliances with none. The U.S. should not be the world's policeman. I would support a letter of marque and reprisal vs. Bin Laden.

Source: Florida Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Aug 11, 2010

Rudy Giuliani: China is a great opportunity and a great caution for the US

The reality is that China is a great opportunity for the US and a great caution for the US. Itís a great opportunity for us to engage in trade, and the more America engages in trade, the more we get to know a country, the less likely we are to have military hostilities. We should be working with China to try to push down some of these barriers; protection for intellectual property; rule of law; an ability to sue in China, so you can be protected if youíre doing business there. Weíve got to be very careful about what we import from China, from the point of view of safety and security, not as much from the point of view of our economy. We have to look at the rise of China as a wonderful opportunity. I see 20 or 30 million people coming out of povert in China every year. Thatís 20 or 30 million more customers for the US. Thatís 20 or 30 million more people we can be selling things to. What can we sell to China? We can sell them energy independence, health processes, and information processes.
Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Duncan Hunter: Letís buy American this Christmas season

Q: What are you going to do to make sure toys that contain lead donít make their way into our homes?

A: China is cheating on trade, and theyíre using that $200 billion trade deficit over the United States to buy ships, planes and missiles. They are clearly arming. Letís buy American this Christmas season.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

Tom Tancredo: Voted NO on permanent normalized trade relations with China

Q: What are you going to do to make sure toys that contain lead donít make their way into our homes?

A: It is illegal to import that kind of thing. The problem is, no one really pays a lot of attention to a lot of our laws, with regard to immigration of both people and, now in this case; items, goods and services. I voted against permanent normalized trade relations with China.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

Tim Mahoney: Do not lowre our standards in international trade agreements

Source: 2006 House campaign website, timmahoneyforflorida.com Nov 7, 2006

Andy Martin: Opposes NAFTA, GATT, and WTO

Q: Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?

A: No.

Q: Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?

A: No.

Q: Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?

A: No.

Q: Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?

A: Yes.

Q: Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with the United States?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with Vietnam?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority in trade negotiations?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?

A: Yes.

Source: 2000 Florida Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

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2016 Presidential contenders on Free Trade:
  Democrats:
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Andrew Cuomo(NY)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel(IL)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)

Republicans:
Amb.John Bolton(MD)
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Jon Huntsman(UT)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Rep.Peter King(NY)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Secy.Condi Rice(CA)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
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Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura(I-MN)
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