State of Tennessee Archives: on Free Trade

James Mackler: Renegotiate NAFTA; it hurts American workers

Americans can benefit from a global economy but only if we stop being taken advantage of in bad trade deals. James will never support a trade deal that hurts American workers or helps companies ship our jobs overseas. He'll work to re-negotiate deals that have been a disaster for our workforce, starting with NAFTA.
Source: 2018 Tennessee Senatorial website Oct 1, 2017

Gordon Ball: Fair trade is vital; but don't ship jobs overseas

To grow our economy, we need to sell our products to the rest of the world. But we have to have a level playing field, strong trade laws and strong enforcement. As a Senator, I will look hard at any trade agreement to determine how it would impact jobs here in Tennessee.

Fair trade is vital to our nation's economic future. Trade can create new jobs in exporting industries, expand markets for our businesses, and ensure our workers and businesses are competing on a level playing field in the global marketplace. But for too long, our workers, small businesses, and manufacturers have paid a steep price for an outdated trade agenda. I will fight wrong-headed trade policies that ship jobs overseas and shutter manufacturing facilities. That means fighting back against currency manipulation by trading partners. We need a trade agenda that promotes American workers and helps expand the "Made in America" label to markets around the world.

Source: 2014 Tennessee Senate campaign website, Aug 7, 2014

Bob Tuke: Moratorium on all new Free Trade agreements

I will remove existing tax incentives that make it too easy for American businesses to ship American jobs overseas. And I support a moratorium on all new Free Trade agreements until existing agreements are analyzed and the appropriate adjustments are made to protect human rights, labor and environmental protections.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website,, “Issues” Jun 3, 2008

Bob Corker: Break down trade barriers to give farmers a world market

Source: Campaign materials, “Blueprint for Tennessee” Oct 1, 2006

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2016 Presidential contenders on Free Trade:
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)