With the Presidential election in the US in full swing and the Republican National Convention in Tampa now over, I thought I’d post some remarks by the featured speakers on international trade. I’ll post quotes from the speakers at the Democratic National Convention at the end of next week.
Condoleeza Rice, Former US Secretary of State (Also an alumni from University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Relations).
“We must work for an open global economy and pursue free and fair trade – to grow our exports and our influence abroad. In the last years, the United States has ratified three trade agreements, all negotiated in the Bush Administration. If you are concerned about China’s rise–consider this fact—China has signed 15 Free Trade Agreements and is negotiating 20 more. Sadly we are abandoning the playing field of free trade — and it will come back to haunt us.”
Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential nominee
He made trade part of his five steps to create 12 million jobs:
“Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.”
The Honorable John Boehner, Ohio 8th Congressional District & Speaker of the U.S. House and Permanent Chairman
“Mitt’s jobs plan will build a stronger middle class through energy independence; schools where our kids – not the teachers unions – come first; free trade, the path to a balanced budget; and an end to the uncertainty – and the tax hikes – that threaten small businesses.”
Steve Cohen, President, Screen Machine Industries, Inc., Etna, Ohio
“All too often tariffs and unfair trade practices make it difficult for American businesses to export.”
“We need a new president that will protect America’s patented inventions, guard the value of our currency and open new markets for American products.”
The Hon. Rob Portman, U.S. Senator, Ohio
“While this administration has been dragging its feet, other countries have been busy negotiating hundreds of new trade agreements to benefit their workers and their farmers, taking away our opportunities.”
“Take trade with China. China manipulates its currency giving it an unfair trade advantage. So why doesn’t the president do something about it? I’ll tell you one reason – President Obama could not run up his record trillion dollar deficits if the Chinese did not buy our bonds to finance them. We are as beholden to China for bonds as we are to the Middle East for oil. This will end under Mitt Romney. We need to knock down these trade barriers abroad, but we also need to knock down the self-imposed barriers to success right here at home.”