Search for...
Follow @ontheissuesorg
OnTheIssuesLogo

Tim Pawlenty on Free Trade

Republican MN Governor


China-Minnesota partnership: grow jobs by growing exports

We focused on growing jobs by growing exports. Minnesota has a relatively small trade office in terms of staff and resources. So we asked ourselves, "Do we want to do a little bit all over the world and have nobody notice? Or would we be better off targeting a few places that have higher potential and focusing on those?" The latter seemed the stronger strategy. With that in mind, we began to prioritize and put much of our trade focus on China.

So we created a China-Minnesota partnership, a sustained reprioritization of the trade office that disproportionately emphasized China in our state-encouraged trade and international activities. In 2005, we took a group of 250 people to China on our very first trip as part of the initiative. It was the largest state-based trade mission to China ever.

People understandably worry about outsourcing, but we can offset that in part by achieving more "insourcing" in our country by global companies.

Source: Courage to Stand, by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, p.183-185 , Jan 11, 2011

Fair trade, to deal with world's rampant trade manipulation

There is no going back to an America-only trade policy. It's not possible, it's not realistic, and it's not even wise from a macroeconomic standpoint. I'm a pro-free trade person--but it also has to be FAIR trade. And unfortunately, manipulation of trade is rampant around the world. This manipulation can't be dealt with on a state level or a business-to-business level. The federal government needs to take the lead role and forcefully advocate for our interests.
Source: Courage to Stand, by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, p.185-186 , Jan 11, 2011

Fair trade, to deal with world's rampant trade manipulation

There is no going back to an America-only trade policy. It's not possible, it's not realistic, and it's not even wise from a macroeconomic standpoint. I'm a pro-free trade person--but it also has to be FAIR trade. And unfortunately, manipulation of trade is rampant around the world. This manipulation can't be dealt with on a state level or a business-to-business level. The federal government needs to take the lead role and forcefully advocate for our interests.
Source: Courage to Stand, by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, p.185-186 , Jan 11, 2011

2005 trade mission led to Minnesota-China Partnership

Minnesota’s long relationship with China dates back to 1850 when our first missionaries were sent to China--eight years before the territory became the nation’s 32nd state. Today myriad connections abound, reinforced through cooperative partnership in business, education, government, and cultural and humanitarian works.

Minnesota’s commitment to China reached new heights in 2005 with the Minnesota-China Partnership, an unprecedented statewide initiative to help the people of Minnesota and China continue to build upon this valued relationship when Governor Pawlenty led more than 200 business, government, academic and civic leaders--the largest state delegation ever organized in the United States--on a mission to China. Geared primarily toward trade, the mission included several industry-focused delegations and featured events in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Source: Press release, “Minnesota-China Partnership” , May 5, 2008

  • Click here for definitions & background information on Free Trade.
  • Click here for VoteMatch responses by Tim Pawlenty.
  • Click here for AmericansElect.org quiz by Tim Pawlenty.
Other candidates on Free Trade: Tim Pawlenty on other issues:
Former Presidents:
George W. Bush (R,2001-2009)
Bill Clinton (D,1993-2001)
George Bush Sr. (R,1989-1993)
Ronald Reagan (R,1981-1989)
Jimmy Carter (D,1977-1981)
Gerald Ford (R,1974-1977)
Richard Nixon (R,1969-1974)
Lyndon Johnson (D,1963-1969)
John F. Kennedy (D,1961-1963)

Former Contenders:
V.P.Al Gore
Pat Buchanan
V.P.Dick Cheney
Sen.Bob Dole
Ralph Nader
Gov.Sarah Palin

Political Thinkers:
Noam Chomsky
Milton Friedman
Arianna Huffington
Rush Limbaugh
Tea Party
Ayn Rand
Secy.Robert Reich
Donald Trump
Gov.Jesse Ventura
Abortion
Budget/Economy
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families/Children
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Infrastructure/Technology
Jobs
Principles/Values
Social Security
Tax Reform
War/Iraq/Mideast
Welfare/Poverty

Page last updated: Mar 14, 2014