Joe Walsh on Free Trade

Republican presidential primary challenger (former IL Rep.)


Everybody loses in a trade war with China

Walsh's comments on China have focused on criticizing Trump's trade war and advocating for free trade. He opposes Trump's escalating tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Chinese imports, arguing that "everybody loses in a trade war."

He says that the tariffs amount to a tax increase on the middle class and that Beijing's retaliation is "devastating to our farmers." He calls Trump's claim that tariffs are paid by for by China "absurd."

Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2020 presidential hopefuls , Dec 24, 2019

Supports a free trade system; opposes tariffs on China

Source: Business Insider background for 2019 GOP presidential debate , Sep 24, 2019

China cheats world, so deal with them with world coalition

Q: Some economists blame the slowing economy on Trump's trade war with China. Without tariffs, how do you change that relationship?

Joe Walsh: China cheats but they don't just cheat against us. They cheat against the whole world. And they've been doing it for a long time. So in comes Trump, and throws down tariffs against everybody and he goes at China all by himself. And so who pays the price? We do: our farmers, small business, and American consumers. The mistake Trump made, is he put us out there on an island all by ourselves. Instead of rallying the whole world--getting us back in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, where we could have a coalition of countries that could deal with China--he's done it all by himself. And America has paid a big, big price for that. You got to bring the world together to fight China.

Source: Business Insider 2019 GOP presidential primary debate , Sep 24, 2019

Tariffs are a tax increase on middle-class Americans

Walsh wrote that Trump "abuses the Constitution for his narcissistic trade war. In private, most congressional Republicans oppose the trade war, but they don't say anything publicly."

Walsh, who has come under criticism from listeners for espousing anti-Trump views on his radio show, called out the Republican Party for supporting a president whose tariffs amount to a "tax increase on middle-class Americans and are devastating to our farmers."

"That's not a smart electoral strategy," he warned fellow conservatives. "It's one of the many reasons Mr. Trump is ripe for a primary challenger. In fact, it would buck the historical trend if he didn't have one. More often than not, unpopular presidents face primary challengers."

Source: Salon.com on 2020 presidential hopefuls , Aug 16, 2019

Rated 63% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade.

Walsh scores 63% by USA*Engage on trade issues

Ratings by USA*Engage indicate support for trade engagement or trade sanctions. The organization's self-description: "USA*Engage is concerned about the proliferation of unilateral foreign policy sanctions at the federal, state and local level. Despite the fact that broad trade-based unilateral sanctions rarely achieve our foreign policy goals, they continue to have political appeal. Unilateral sanctions give the impression that the United States is 'doing something,' while American workers, farmers and businesses absorb the costs."

VoteMatch scoring for the USA*Engage ratings is as follows :

Source: USA*Engage 2011-2012 ratings on Congress and politicians 2012-USAE on Dec 31, 2012

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V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

2020 GOP and Independent Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (Libertarian-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld (L-NY,R-MA)
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2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
State Rep.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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