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Mark Dayton on Free Trade
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • US policy should favor American workers and sovereignty. (Jul 2000)
  • Against Permanent Normal Trade Relations; for human rights. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Rated 25% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)

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Jim Abeler on Free Trade
Republican challenger: Click here for Jim Abeler on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Al Franken on Free Trade
DFL Jr Senator (MN): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Al Franken on other issues.
  • Iím a fair trader; enforce labor, safety, & environment. (Mar 2008)
Amy Klobuchar on Free Trade
DFL Sr Senator (MN): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.
  • I will fight for fair trade. (Jan 2006)
  • Opposes CAFTA. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
  • Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets. (Mar 2010)
Dan Severson on Free Trade
Republican Challenger: Click here for Dan Severson on other issues.
    No stance on record.

House:


Michele Bachmann on Free Trade
Republican Representative (MN-6); 2011 GOP frontrunner: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Michele Bachmann on other issues.
  • Free enterprise & free markets can be summed up: "Freedom". (Nov 2011)
  • Votes for free trade, but also "Buy American" requirements. (Jun 2011)
  • Free and fair trade agreements spur economic growth. (Oct 2009)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
Chip Cravaack on Free Trade
Republican (District 8): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Chip Cravaack on other issues.
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
Keith Ellison on Free Trade
Democrat: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Keith Ellison on other issues.
  • Opposed to NAFTA and CAFTA; they cost MN jobs. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation. (Jun 2009)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
  • Require open markets for US goods in all trade agreements. (May 2011)
  • Sponsored imposing import fee on countries with undervalued currency. (Mar 2013)
  • No MFN for China; condition trade on human rights. (Nov 1999)
John Kline on Free Trade
Republican Representative (MN-2): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for John Kline on other issues.
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
Betty McCollum on Free Trade
Democratic Representative (MN-4): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Betty McCollum on other issues.
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Rated 22% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
  • Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation. (Jun 2009)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
  • Require open markets for US goods in all trade agreements. (May 2011)
  • Sponsored imposing import fee on countries with undervalued currency. (Apr 2013)
Rick Nolan on Free Trade
Democrat (District 8): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Rick Nolan on other issues.
  • Expand port of Duluth to make MN a leading export state. (Nov 2012)
Erik Paulsen on Free Trade
Republican (District 3): Click here for Erik Paulsen on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Collin Peterson on Free Trade
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-7): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Collin Peterson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 31% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation. (Jun 2009)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
  • Sponsored imposing import fee on countries with undervalued currency. (Jun 2013)
Tim Walz on Free Trade
Democrat: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Tim Walz on other issues.
  • Opposes NAFTA and CAFTA, but stay in WTO. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Mike Hatch on Free Trade
Former DFL Challenger for Governor (2006): Click here for Mike Hatch on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tim Pawlenty on Free Trade
Republican MN Governor: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Tim Pawlenty on other issues.
  • China-Minnesota partnership: grow jobs by growing exports. (Jan 2011)
  • Fair trade, to deal with world's rampant trade manipulation. (Jan 2011)
  • Fair trade, to deal with world's rampant trade manipulation. (Jan 2011)
  • 2005 trade mission led to Minnesota-China Partnership. (May 2008)
Joe Arwood on Free Trade
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for Joe Arwood on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Anthony Hernandez on Free Trade
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for Anthony Hernandez on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jesse Ventura on Free Trade
Former Independent Governor (1999-2002): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • NAFTA reservations: Mexican labor conditions & US job loss. (Apr 2008)
  • Active role in bringing China into WTO. (Apr 2008)
  • Trade creates jobs & productivity. (Sep 2000)
  • Trading with China is a no-brainer. (Jul 2000)
  • Opening markets will cause Chinaís downfall. (Jul 2000)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (May 1998)
  • Grant fast-track authority to the President. (Nov 1999)
Mike Ciresi on Free Trade
Former DFL Senate Challenger (2008): Click here for Mike Ciresi on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rod Grams on Free Trade
Republican Senator (Former): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Rod Grams on other issues.
  • Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
Mark Kennedy on Free Trade
Republican (until 2006) (District 2): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire . (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 44% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
Mark Kennedy on Free Trade
Republican challenger (2006), U.S. Rep: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire . (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 44% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
Walter Mondale on Free Trade
Former Democratic Challenger (2002) & Vice President (1981): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Walter Mondale on other issues.
  • Supports NAFTA. (Nov 2002)
  • Supports permanent normal trade relations with China. (Nov 2002)
Jesse Ventura on Free Trade
Independent Senate challenger (2008): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • NAFTA reservations: Mexican labor conditions & US job loss. (Apr 2008)
  • Active role in bringing China into WTO. (Apr 2008)
  • Trade creates jobs & productivity. (Sep 2000)
  • Trading with China is a no-brainer. (Jul 2000)
  • Opening markets will cause Chinaís downfall. (Jul 2000)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (May 1998)
  • Grant fast-track authority to the President. (Nov 1999)
Paul Wellstone on Free Trade
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Paul Wellstone on other issues.
  • Voted NO on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • No MFN for China; condition trade on human rights. (Nov 1999)
Dean Barkley on Free Trade
Independent Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Dean Barkley on other issues.
  • Support fair trade, not free trade. (Aug 2008)
Ford Bell on Free Trade
DFL challenger: Click here for Ford Bell on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Michael Cavlan on Free Trade
Green Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Michael Cavlan on other issues.
  • NAFTA & GATT are racing to the bottom. (Jun 2005)
Norm Coleman on Free Trade
Republican Sr Senator (MN): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Norm Coleman on other issues.
  • Supports Korea Trade; supports Fast Track. (Nov 2008)
  • Blocking increased trade hurts Minnesota farmers. (Sep 2002)
  • Supports permanent normal trade relations with China. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement. (May 2002)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
Mark Dayton on Free Trade
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • US policy should favor American workers and sovereignty. (Jul 2000)
  • Against Permanent Normal Trade Relations; for human rights. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Rated 25% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
Robert Fitzgerald on Free Trade
Independence Party Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Robert Fitzgerald on other issues.
  • Opposes the Central American Free Trade Agreement. (Oct 2006)
Gil Gutknecht on Free Trade
Republican (District 1): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Gil Gutknecht on other issues.
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire . (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 33% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
Bill Luther on Free Trade
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 6): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Luther on other issues.
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
David Minge on Free Trade
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 2): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for David Minge on other issues.
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Promote fair trade restricting Canadian wheat. (Oct 1993)
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on Free Trade
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on other issues.
    No stance on record.
James Niemackl on Free Trade
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for James Niemackl on other issues.
  • Donít sell out our jobs and economy to the global market. (Aug 2008)
James Oberstar on Free Trade
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-8): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for James Oberstar on other issues.
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire . (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 39% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
  • Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation. (Jun 2009)
Tim Penny on Free Trade
Democrat (1982-1995) (District 1): Click here for Tim Penny on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Ramstad on Free Trade
Republican Representative (MN-3): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Jim Ramstad on other issues.
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement. (May 2002)
  • Rated 83% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
Martin Sabo on Free Trade
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 5): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Martin Sabo on other issues.
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire . (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 28% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
Bruce Vento on Free Trade
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 4): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bruce Vento on other issues.
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
Patty Wetterling on Free Trade
Former DFL challenger, 2004 Congressional nominee: Click here for Patty Wetterling on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Michael Cummins on Free Trade
Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Michael Cummins on other issues.
  • Free trade keeps prices low. (Jul 2008)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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