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Rick Perry on Free Trade

Republican Governor (TX)


NAFTA is largest job stimulus of the decade

Rick Perry has a long record of public statements in support of free trade. "NAFTA is the largest job stimulus packet to come along this decade," said then-Agriculture Secretary Perry in 1993, "Instead of building trade barriers against Mexico, we need to tear them down and make it as easy to trade with Mexico as Kansas and Nebraska."

"Export markets are the future of agriculture," Perry said in 1994. "NAFTA is one of the tools that we have gotten." In 1993, he praised the GATT Agreement as a "good deal for Texas agriculture". More recently, Perry has said that he will "be urging 'our friends in Washington' not to enact regulations that would hinder free trade.

Perry did support price supports for farmers as a candidate for Agriculture Commissioner in 1990, but he has also bashed Republicans for supporting tariffs on steel.

Source: Club for Growth 2012 Presidential White Paper #10: Perry , Sep 23, 2011

Welcome market of united Europe & ever-growing China & India

I see an America where the innovation and hard work of the American people creates still more opportunities, jobs, and wealth. I see a nation that is not cowering to the prospect of a united Europe or an ever-growing China and India, but rather welcomes those markets and many others as opportunities for the entrepreneurial and industrious spirit of the American people. I see a world where free trade opens up more doors and where people embrace trade's benefit to both America and the rest of the world.
Source: Fed Up!, by Gov. Rick Perry, p.172 , Nov 15, 2010

Milk price controls are egregiously interventionist

One of the most egregious results of interventionist, unconstitutional policy is today's dairy industry. Agriculture Department bureaucrats set the price of milk, and nobody is allowed to offer a lower price. Consider the example of Dutch immigrant Hein Hettinga, who set up a dairy business outside of the federal government controls in the 1990s. He sold milk to grocery stores for 20 cents less than the government-mandated price & naturally had a booming business. He's been tied up in litigation against Washington ever since

Hettinga was quoted as saying he "had an awakening.--it's not totally free enterprise in the US." The indefensible price controls enforced by running entrepreneurs like Hettinga out of business mean that Americans pay 26% more for milk than they would otherwise.. In effect, Americans are double-taxed by these left-over New Deal farm policies: we pay higher prices in the store for food, while we pay billions of dollars in taxes to fund the Farm Bill, loaded with pork.

Source: Fed Up!, by Gov. Rick Perry, p. 68 , Nov 15, 2010

Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports.

Perry signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

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

Other governors on Free Trade: Rick Perry on other issues:
TX Gubernatorial:
Annise Parker
Julian Castro
Mike Rawlings
TX Senatorial:
John Cornyn
Ted Cruz

Newly seated 2013:
IN: Mike Pence (R)
NC: Pat McCrory (R)
NH: Maggie Hassan (D)
MT: Steve Bullock (D)
WA: Jay Inslee (D)

Re-elected 2012:
DE: Jack Markell (D)
MO: Jay Nixon (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
UT: Gary Herbert (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
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Up for election 2013:
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