State of Missouri Archives: on Free Trade

Austin Petersen: Free trade is what America is about

I buy local, and I buy American. I do that as a way to support my local economy, and this is what I would encourage Americans to do. I'm willing to pay a little bit more for an American-made vehicle because that's what I believe in. However, I am not going to talk down to someone, who is poorer than I am, and require him to pay more to buy American. People ought to have the freedom to trade. That's what America is all about: that the government can't tell me who I can or can't buy from.
Source: Merion West interview on 2018 Missouri Senatorial race Nov 17, 2017

Jason Kander: Let farmers sell to Cuba: a billion dollar industry

Jason said, "Agriculture is the driving force of our state's economy. Because Congress repealed the law ensuring that Americans know where our food comes from, Missourians now don't know whether the food on their tables comes from Missouri. Not only is this taking money out of farmers' and ranchers' pockets, it's misleading consumers. I don't know why Senator Blunt supported that change or why he doesn't believe Missouri farmers and ranchers should be allowed to sell their goods to Cuba, but these actions are putting Missouri agribusinesses at an unnecessary disadvantage in the global marketplace."

Jason spoke about how Congress used the enormous omnibus spending bill late last year to sneak in the special-interest driven repeal of country-of- origin labeling requirement. He also pointed out that while Sen. Blunt purports to be a free trade advocate, he doesn't believe Missouri farmers and ranchers should be able to sell their products to Cuba even though it could be a billion dollar industry.

Source: 2016 Missouri Senate campaign website Jul 19, 2016

Lester Turilli: Too often, we are short-changed on international trade

Q: Your comments on the statement, "Support and expand free trade"?

A: Trade should not place our country and economy at a disadvantage. ˙ I believe in free trade.˙ Countries who trade with the USA should maintain a balanced approach to keeping the˙agreement˙fair to both˙sides.˙ Too often, the United States of America, is being short-changed on international trade.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Missouri candidacy by OnTheIssues Apr 25, 2016

Jason Kander: Trans-Pacific Partnership should not be fast-tracked

As Congress considers what is being called the country's largest trade deal in a generation, Kander is using the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal to draw distance between himself and the its supporters, like Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt.

The Senate passed the bill by a 62-37 vote; Kander's campaign pointed to a report which noted $77,9000 in campaign contributions from members of a business coalition backing the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Blunt. "It is clear that Senator Blunt's vote is for sale to the highest bidder," said Kander's campaign manager. "Jason opposed fast tracking TPP because, unlike Senator Blunt, he believes a trade deal this big should get a full vetting from Congress instead of giving the President special power to negotiate on his own," the campaign manager said. "Missourians deserve a senator like Jason who will stand up to special interests and the President when Missouri jobs are on the line."

Source: coverage of 2016 Missouri Senate race May 27, 2015

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2016 Presidential contenders on Free Trade:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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