State of North Carolina Archives: on Free Trade


Sandy Smith: Expand free trade, but treat U.S. fairly

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Support & expand free trade"?

A: Strongly Support, as long as the United States is treated fairly.

Source: OnTheIssues.org interview of 2020 N.C. Senate candidates Jul 21, 2019

Paul Wright: TPP appears to be ObamaCare for jobs and trade

The TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership Act) must be defeated--It appears to be ObamaCare for jobs and trade. At 5,544 pages (it reportedly has taken 6 years to write--but not written by your elected representatives), it contains more than three (3) times the number of words as the Bible. Such a huge law takes months to read and is very difficult to summarize. However critics report one main theme--government by corporations, i.e. huge global corporations with headquarters in cosmopolitan centers like NY and London. Placed on the new unconstitutional "fast track" voting procedure now used for such huge laws, only 20 hours of debate will be allowed. It is yet another fight for weary and perplexed Americans. The troubles this law could bring an average middle class family is too long to list here, so I encourage you to "google" articles on TPP by various writers.
Source: 2016 Campaign website for N.C. Senate, WrightForUSSenate.com Nov 11, 2015

Alma Adams: Oppose unfair trade deals that give away jobs overseas

Throughout our history, America's patriots have always put our country first. It's time we had that same patriotic spirit in our economy and our trade deals--so that American companies are encouraged to create jobs right here, rather than overseas.

Alma will oppose any unfair trade deals and will work to stop giving away high paying manufacturing jobs to foreign countries while our families here are struggling. Alma will always ensure American workers are given a fair chance to succeed.

Source: 2014 N.C. House campaign website, AlmaAdamsForCongress.com Aug 31, 2014

Pat McCrory: ExportNC: public-private partnership to promote exports

Implement a New "ExportNC" Initiative: NC is ideally located to capitalize on expanding global markets. Our full potential is still untapped, though. As governor, Pat McCrory will establish "ExportNC," a public-private partnership that will provide private financing and industry expertise to small- and medium-sized businesses, allowing them to increase exports by working with international businesses. With the private sector taking a leading role, "ExportNC" will coordinate efforts to promote exports, free up capital for small businesses and stimulate growth and job creation in vital industries that "make and grow things," such as agribusiness and manufacturing.

Open New Markets for NC Products Through Trade Missions: As a part of his effort to promote industries that build, grow & innovate, Pat McCrory will lead overseas trade missions to open new markets for NC products. Specifically, the McCrory administration will prioritize trade missions to India and countries in Southeast Asia.

Source: N.C. Governor 2012 campaign website, patmccrory.com Nov 6, 2012

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2020 Presidential contenders on Free Trade:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
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)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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