State of Texas Archives: on Free Trade

Emily Sanchez: Opposes expanding free trade

Q: Do you support or oppose expanding free trade?

A: Oppose.

Source: E-mail interview on Texas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Ted Cruz: Defended Chinese company on intellectual property theft

Cruz's record came under scrutiny when moderators from Houston public radio's KUHF asked him about his legal work for a Chinese tire company in its appeal against a $26 million judgment that it had stolen intellectual property from an American tire company. Cruz said he was one of several attorneys on the case and that he had represented American companies against Chinese firms as well.
Source: Associated Press on ABC News on 2012 Texas Senate debate May 3, 2012

David Alameel: Put America first; change unfair free-trade agreements

Source: 2010 Texas House campaign website, Nov 1, 2010

Jon Roland: Free trade ok as long as sovereignty considered

Q: Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?

A: No.

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

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?

A: Yes, but not to extent it infringes sovereignty.

Source: Texas Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test May 2, 2008

Barack Obama: Strong labor, safety, and environmental standards on trade

It is absolutely critical that we engaged in trade, but it has to be viewed not just through the lens of Wall Street, but also Main Street, which means we’ve got strong labor standards and strong environmental standards and safety standards, so we don’t have toys being shipped in the US with lead paint on them. There are also opportunities in our economy around creating a green economy. We send $1 billion to foreign countries every day because of our addiction to foreign oil. For us to move rapidly to cap greenhouse gases, generate billions of dollars that we can reinvest in solar and wind and biodiesel that can put people back to work. How do we get it done? The changes are only going to come about if we’re able to form a working coalition for change. It has to be a priority for whoever the next president is to be able to overcome the dominance of the special interests in Washington, to bring about the kinds of economic changes that I’m talking about.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Hillary Clinton: Have a trade prosecutor to enforce the trade agreements

Q: What would you do differently than a Pres. Obama would when it comes to the economy?

A: I would agree with Obama a lot, because it is the Democratic agenda. We are going to rid the tax code of these loopholes & giveaways. We’re going to stop giving penny of your money to anybody who ships a job out to another country. We’re going to begin to get the tax code to reflect what the needs of middle class families are so we can rebuild a strong & prosperous middle class. The wealthy & the well-connected have had a president the last 7 years, and it’s time that the rest of the US had a president to work for you every single day. We will have a different approach toward trade. We’re going to start having trade agreements that not only have strong environmental and labor standards, but also a trade time-out. We’re going to look and see what’s working & what’s not working. I’d like to have a trade prosecutor to actually enforce the trade agreements that we have before we enter into any others.

Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Ralph Nader: It’s not free trade; it’s corporate-managed trade

Free trade is a misnomer. Monopoly patents are not free trade; they’re trying to convert all sorts of natural knowledge into intellectual property, 20-year patents. That’s not free trade. And the rest of it is managed trade. True free trade would take only one page for a trade agreement. How come there are hundreds of pages, and thousands of regulations? It’s corporate-managed trade.
Source: New Texas, Candidate For a Green Planet Apr 28, 2000

George W. Bush: Free & fair trade is key to economic future

We must continue to build on our parents’ legacy of freedom -- freedom for individuals, freedom for nations, freedom for markets and free and fair trade. And we know the key to future economic growth and prosperity at home is the free flow of goods and services and ideas.
Source: Powell Lecture Series, Texas A&M Univ. Apr 6, 1998

Brian Babin: Opposes NAFTA and GATT

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

A: No.

Q: Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries?

A: No.

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

A: No.

Q: Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?

A: Undecided.

Q: Do you support lifting the trade embargo imposed against Cuba?

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 "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?

A: Yes.

Source: Texas Legislative 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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