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Ronnie Musgrove on Free Trade

2008 Senate challenger; previously Democratic MS Governor


Can't negotiate trade deals while $30B in debt to China

In Washington, they tell us the economy is strong. Whose economy are they talking about? We're borrowing $30 billion a month from China, India, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. The US used to do that for third world countries that we were trying to help.

And now that we're deep in debt to the Chinese, when we try to negotiate better trade deals to keep more of our jobs, China's response is predictable--"Now how much do you owe us?"

Our country has nothing left to bargain with. They've mortgaged our economy and our soul. So what does Washington do? They raise the limit on the national debt so they can borrow more money. It's like doing your banking at a fly-by-night check cashing operation. Need more money? Go deeper in debt.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for that to end.

Source: Candidacy Announcement Speech Jan 7, 2008

NAFTA & CAFTA are worst trade agreements in modern history

Roger Wicker supported NAFTA and CAFTA--two of the worst trade agreements in modern history. He was also the deciding vote in favor of Fast Track, the law that doesn't require trading partners to meet the same tough environmental and labor standards we have to meet here in the United States. His one vote swung the balance.

Roger Wicker will vote for a museum that celebrates prisoners, but he won't vote for a level playing field for Mississippi workers. Mr. Wicker is wrong.

Source: Candidacy Announcement Speech Jan 7, 2008

Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports.

Musgrove signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Assn. on Lumber Subsidies 01-SGA3 on Sep 9, 2001

Other candidates on Free Trade: Ronnie Musgrove on other issues:
MS Gubernatorial:
Haley Barbour
MS Senatorial:
Erik Fleming
Roger Wicker
Thad Cochran


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
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AR:Pryor
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GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
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ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
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