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Mike Bouchard on Free Trade

 


Trade agreements should be fair and enforceable

We need to negotiate trade agreements that are both fair and enforceable. While trade agreements that help open foreign markets to US goods are highly beneficial to the US economy, we haven't always done all we can to ensure that our trade agreements are fully verifiable and enforceable. I fully support trade where each party meets the obligations it freely undertook when it entered the agreement and can enjoy the benefits anticipated when the deal was agreed upon. This requires that our trade agreements contain provisions to ensure that foreign markets are truly as open to US goods as they claim they will be.

The best trade deal in the world doesn't benefit us if our partners don't keep their side of the agreement. We need to remain vigilant to ensure those trade agreements already in force are being monitored carefully and enforced vigorously.

Source: Campaign booklet, "Renewing Michigan's Economy" Sep 14, 2006

Associates CAFTA with currency manipulation

CAFTA - Zandstra supports it, and spend much time defending it. Butler supports Free/fair trade and opposed CAFTA. Bouchard hinted being against CAFTA and mentioned currency manipulation. Zandstra's defense of CAFTA stated that it increases exports(including cars) by reducing tariffs on American manufactured goods.
Source: RepublicanMichigander.blogspot.com commentary on GOP debate Dec 7, 2005

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