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Gary Johnson on Free Trade

Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor


No tariffs, no restrictions; but no corporatism

On trade, Johnson "generally supports NAFTA and other free-trade agreements," In a June 9 segment on John Stossel's program on Fox Business, Johnson "debated" Obama impersonator Reggie Brown and said he wanted "no tariffs, no restrictions" on trade. He did sound a little squishy on trade in a March 2011 interview when he said that "So much of the legislation that we pass isn't really free market at all. It's touted as free market, when the reality ends up to be very corporate. The reality ends up to be corporatism. I was always looking at business legislation from the standpoint of having it affect everyone equally as opposed to big business being further advantaged. So many of these treaties--NAFTA being one--the criticism of NAFTA should be rooted in the fact that big business became even bigger business."
Source: Club for Growth 2012 Presidential White Paper #9: Johnson , Jul 21, 2011

Eliminate needless barriers to free trade

Source: Presidential campaign website, garyjohnson2012.com, "Issues" , May 2, 2011

NAFTA benefits New Mexico; jobs lost are those we don't want

Q: What is behind your support of NAFTA?

A: NAFTA has benefited New Mexico. With each passing day, it's a bigger boom for New Mexico as a border state.

Q: Do you disagree that NAFTA has caused the "sucking sound" Ross Perot warned of--the sound of US jobs being sucked into Mexico?

A: My opinion is that the jobs we're talking about are those we generally don't want. What jobs are we saving?

Q: Manufacturing jobs.

A: There is shifting, and some companies have relocated to Mexico. But we've benefited far more than we have lost. Also, it's still settling. Intel has a new semiconductor manufacturing plant in Albuquerque, one of the most sophisticated plants on the planet. It is in the US because the workers are qualified and efficient here. If we're not competitive, we had better get competitive. We're moving toward a global economy whether we like it or not.

Source: David Sheff interview in Playboy Magazine , Jan 1, 2001

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