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Newt Gingrich on Free Trade

Former Republican Representative (GA-6) and Speaker of the House


Mitt Romney's trade & immigration stances compared to Newt's

Do Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich agree on free trade? (Yes, but Newt would remove restrictions on China trade while Mitt would push hard on China). Do they agree on other foreign policy issues? (Their differences are mostly "tough and tougher" attitudes; both strongly believe in American Exceptionalism). OnTheIssues' paperback book explores how Mitt's economic issue stances differ from Newt's, and where they are similar. We cite details from Mitt's books and speeches, and Newt's, so you can compare them, side-by-side, on issues like these:

Mitt vs. Newt on International Issues

Source: Paperback: Mitt vs. Newt On The Issues , Feb 3, 2012

Supported NAFTA, GATT, WTO, and MFN

Gingrich has been a reliable advocate for free international trade, and a critic of both the politics and economics of protectionism.Evidence of any pro-protectionism support is scant. However, Gingrich did vote YES to keep trade-distorting peanut subsidies in 1985, although he later voted against them in 1990.
Source: Club for Growth 2012 Presidential White Paper #1: Gingrich , May 24, 2011

Protectionism helps China & India challenge US supremacy

In the US, there exists a coalition of union leaders who prefer protection over competition. This liberal coalition complains about companies’ outsourcing jobs while insisting on corporate taxes that encourage companies to go overseas. They prefer that government impose on business obsolete, absurd work rules, even though these raise costs, lower productivity, and make America less competitive in the world market.

The challenge to American economic supremacy from 1.3 billion Chinese and more than 1.1 billion Indians is vastly greater than anything we have previously seen. India’s embrace of capitalism and China’s bizarre combination of Marxist-Leninist government and free market initiatives will create a future where one-fourth of the world’s markets will be controlled by these countries. Those who advocate economic isolationism and protectionism are advocating a policy that could help China and India surpass the US in economic power in our children’s or grandchildren’s lifetime.

Source: Gingrich Communications website, www.newt.org , Dec 1, 2006

Mutual trade: neither free trade nor protectionism

    Gingrich offered a six-point prescription:
  1. Base the welfare system on work
  2. expand day care--private and public--to accommodate welfare mothers
  3. make "mutual trade"--neither free trade nor protectionism--the country's goal
  4. privatize many government services; starting with NASA
  5. reform the Pentagon, with a move away from all-volunteer standing forces to more emphasis on reserves and the National Guard; and
  6. curb cost-of-living increases in social programs such as Social Security.
Source: Newt!, by Dick Williams, p.108 , Jun 1, 1995

Other candidates on Free Trade: Newt Gingrich on other issues:
Incumbents:
Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
GOP Candidates:
Rep.Newt Gingrich(GA)
Rep.Ron Paul(TX)
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Virgil Goode(C)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L)
Gov.Buddy Roemer(AE)
Jill Stein(G)
C.G.David Walker(AE)

GOP Withdrawals:
Rep.Michele Bachmann(MN)
Herman Cain(GA)
Gov.Chris Cristie(NJ)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Jon Huntsman(UT)
Rep.Thaddeus McCotter(MI)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.Tim Pawlenty(MN)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
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Page last updated: May 31, 2012