This entry is crossposted at www.EyesOnTrade.org
Here's what the presidential candidates had to say this week about trade:
Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), at a Chicago meeting of the Laborers
International Union of North America in response to a question about Clinton's healthcare plan, reported by the Chicago Tribune, said,
"The cost of that failure 14 years ago is not just somebody's political
fortune or their scars," he said. "It's the millions of Americans who
have now gone for almost 15 years without health care."
"We didn't get universal health care, but we got [the North American
Free Trade Agreement]," he said. "We need universal health care. We
didn't need NAFTA."
And Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.), as reported in The Des Moines Register said,
"I'd make sure that jobs aren't exported to countries without
protection from child or slave labor...And I'd make
sure there are job protections and environmental protections" so that
the United States won't be at a disadvantage.
president will tell you Wall Street's doing great. Tell that to the
family in Newton, Iowa, which lost 2,700 jobs when Maytag got gobbled
up by Whirlpool," he said. "The American dream has suffered because our
economy is only responding to the upper branch of the population."
The National Review reports in its column Democrats Panic In The Heartland that Edwards' consultant, Dave "Mudcat" Sanders, had some impassioned words about Clinton and NAFTA:
If the Clintons had gone to the mat for universal health care the way
they did for NAFTA and for crazy one-sided trade treaties, and had
listened about the giant sucking sound that Ross Perot told them about,
we would still have our health care and our jobs. It takes gall for her
to say she's going to help us. She's got a record of killing us....
When Hillary Clinton talks about the 'unintended consequences' of
NAFTA -- hey, I was born at night, but wasn't born last night. Unintended consequences, my ass. Everybody in rural and small
town America knows they were unconsidered consequences. They didn't give a s---. All they cared about was holding on to their power!
And that's it for this week's Trade on the Trail.