Pete Buttigieg on Free Trade
Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor
BUTTIGIEG: Yes. When you sit down with people, they share how much harm has been done to them by trade wars. We can benefit consumers, workers and farmers by making sure we have the right kind of labor and enforceability, as Democrats ensured we got in this USMCA. But let's acknowledge why there is frustration. I remember the '90s [government] selling trade deals, telling us, the pie will get so much bigger that everyone will be better off. That promise was broken.
BUTTIGIEG: Well, the president clearly has no strategy. You know, when I first got into this race, I remember President Trump scoffed and said he'd like to see me making a deal with Xi Jinping. I'd like to see HIM making a deal with Xi Jinping! Is it just me, or was that supposed to happen in, like, April?
Q: Would you repeal the tariffs?
BUTTIGIEG: I would have a strategy that would include the tariffs as leverage, but it's not about the tariffs. Look, what's going on right now is a president who has reduced the entire China challenge into a question of tariffs, when what we know is that the tariffs are coming down on us more than anybody else and there's a lack of a bigger strategy.
BUTTIGIEG: I would not support the US joining the current CPTPP. It lacks critical trade provisions on labor, environment, and the digital economy, and does not align closely enough with the needs and interests of American workers. At the same time, we should not surrender the world's fastest growing markets in Asia to other nations. China is negotiating broad new trade agreements with their neighbors that favor China's economy and workers. Sitting on the sidelines is a losing proposition for America.
15 CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Joe Biden; Cory Booker; Julian Castro; Bill de Blasio; Kirsten Gillibrand; Kamala Harris; John Hickenlooper; Jay Inslee; Amy Klobuchar; Beto O`Rourke; Tim Ryan; Bernard Sanders; Eric Swalwell; Elizabeth Warren; Marianne Williamson.
The majority of Democratic candidates want changes made to the agreement before it comes up for a vote in Congress, focusing on labor & environmental standards.
FIVE CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Joe Biden; Steve Bullock; Kirsten Gillibrand; Kamala Harris; Beto O`Rourke.
The majority of Democrats have broadly slammed Trump's use of tariffs. Harris and Gillibrand say tariffs on China and U.S. allies hurt American consumers, workers and companies. Joe Biden and other candidates have argued that farmers and manufacturers are feeling the brunt of Trump's trade wars.
We can make trade work for our communities. One of my favorite examples, is a Union Autoworkers UAW facility that is making electric vehicles for a start-up based in Silicon Valley where a lot of the investment came from China. Before that, there was a three-year contract where that facility was working for Mercedes making vehicles sold in the Asian market. So you got American union autoworkers making German cars going to Chinese customers, and we're sending our products, not our jobs, to Asia. That's how I want it to work.
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