State of Arkansas Archives: on Free Trade

Tim Griffin: Applauds USMCA for promoting trade, economic growth

United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) promotes free and fair trade, allows for robust economic growth while also expanding market access for Arkansas agricultural products, and incentivizing American manufacturing. I applaud the President and our Federal Delegation for their continued commitment to improve trade, grow jobs, and keep our nation globally competitive.
Source: Lt. Governor press release for 2022 Arkansas governor race Jan 29, 2020

Asa Hutchinson: Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA

The USMCA is a new trade pact among the United States, Mexico and Canada, intended as a stronger and modernized replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR): "#USMCA is good news for AR & AR farmers. The agreement will enable our agricultural producers to continue trade w/ our state's export customers in Mexico & Canada. While I am still studying many of the details, this is a victory for American workers & Pres @realDonaldTrump."

Source: White House press release in 2018 Arkansas Governor's race Oct 2, 2018

Asa Hutchinson: Supports high tariffs to eventually lead to low tariffs

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Trump's $12 billion support program to help farmers hurt by the trade war has softened the blow and that "there's a great deal of patience among our farmers" for the president's "tougher" trade policy. "We want very quickly to get back to low tariffs," Hutchinson said. "No tariffs should be the objective so that we can compete in the global market, and the president I hope will be able to achieve that through negotiations very soon."

Hutchinson said a new trade agreement with China would be unprecedented. "I think it's critical for President Trump that he has a good outcome," Hutchinson said. "I think trade is a key part of that to show industrial America his trade policies have benefited the working class here in the United States and those that depend on those manufacturing jobs. I think right now that grade is a little bit incomplete, but I'm optimistic it's going to turn around."

Source: blog on 2020 Arkansas Senate race Jul 9, 2018

Mark West: Support & expand free trade

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

A: Support

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arkansas governor candidate Apr 28, 2018

Conner Eldridge: Opposes Trans Pacific Partnership; supports fair trade

Eldridge reaffirmed his opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership--a trade agreement between the United States and eleven other Pacific Rim countries. Eldridge said he is concerned about the trade deal's impact on Arkansas's workers, especially the state's rice farmers.

"I support fair trade that helps all Arkansans, including our rice farmers, which is why I oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership in its current form. We need a trade deal that expands export markets for all commodities and strengthens Arkansas's entire agricultural and manufacturing communities - this deal does not meet that test. As someone who grew up on a rice farm in east Arkansas, I understand the concerns voiced by everyday farmers and workers, which is why I know Arkansas loses with bad trade deals like this. We want free trade agreements that are fair and enforced on all countries.

Source: 2016 Arkansas Senate campaign website Apr 1, 2016

Bruce Westerman: Expand foreign markets for farm exports

There is no question that American agriculture is the best in the world. Although they account for slightly over 2% of the population, American farmers produce enough food and fiber for every American and export nearly a quarter of their product worldwide. I will advocate that future agricultural policies should focus on ensuring a reliable and safe food supply by:
Source: 2014 Arkansas House campaign website, Oct 10, 2014

Mike Beebe: Cuba's interest in AR exports is good for the state

I led a trade and economic development mission to Cuba. Arkansas has a history of exporting rice, poultry, textiles, and cereal products to Cuba. We traveled to Cuba to explore the ways Arkansas can improve and expand trade relations with this island nation that lies a mere 90 miles off the coast of Florida. After meeting with Cuba's trade minister and foreign affairs representatives, I'm convinced that Cuba wants to encourage American tourism and trade.
Source: Arkansas 2009 gubernatorial press release #1797 Aug 7, 2009

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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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