John Kasich on Free Trade
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President
KASICH: I grew up in a blue collar family. And the simple fact of the matter is that of course we're sensitive about trade. One out of five Americans works in a job connected to trade; 38 million Americans are connected to it. But my position has always been we want to have free trade, but fair trade. And I've been arguing all along that it is absolutely critical that when other countries break those agreements, we don't turn the process over to some international bureaucrat. Trade, though, has to be balanced and we have to make sure that when we see a violation, like some country dumping their products into this country, believe me as president, I will stand up and I will shut down those imports because they're a violation of the agreement we have and the American worker expects us to stand up.
KASICH: TPP, it's critical to us, not only for economic reasons and for jobs, because there are so many people who are connected to getting jobs because of trade, but it allows us to create not only economy alliances, but also potentially strategic alliances against the Chinese. They are not our enemy, but they are certainly not our friend.
Q: Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries?
Q: Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Q: Do you support lifting the trade embargo imposed against Cuba?
Q: Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
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