State of Delaware Archives: on Free Trade


Lauren Witzke: Keep trade barriers; no more China ripoffs

Q: Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?

A: No. I don't support allowing foreign enemies like China to rip America off at every turn.

Source: 2020 Delaware Senate PVS Political Courage Test Oct 10, 2020

Rob Arlett: Supports free & fair trade; fight for security at ports

Free trade is vital to America's long-term economic prosperity. ˙The Port of Wilmington is vital to Delaware's economic prosperity. ˙As a Senator in Washington, I will not only fight for free and fair trade, but also for border security for our nation's ports like the Port of Wilmington, so that these ports are safe to allow for goods to be exported and imported without issue.
Source: 2018 Delaware Senate Campaign website RobArlett.com Sep 1, 2018

John Carney: Ideas to bring jobs back instead of arguing about offshoring

Alpha Technologies is currently finalizing a deal with one of the nation's largest mortgage companies that will result in nearly a dozen new hires. During Thursday's grand opening, Alpha Technologies argues that sending jobs "half a planet and 12 time zones away" is not as cost-effective as it might appear. Travel costs, difficulties with cross-border data security and even simple language barriers will convince more corporations to bring outsourced jobs back to the U.S. in the next five years

"This is a big deal," said U.S. Rep. John Carney, a Democratic candidate for governor. In Congress, "we argue until the cows come home about offshoring, but we don't come with many practical ideas about how to bring jobs back to the United States," he said. "This is the best way you could give back by creating jobs and bringing them back from overseas."

Source: Wilmington News Journal on 2016 Delaware Governor's race Mar 10, 2016

Tom Carper: Work very, very hard to knock down trade barriers

Carper said that in order to keep taxes lower, he has worked to "pull the plug" on outdated tax credits, and that he supports the Investment Tax Credit, which places incentives on companies' investments in technologies that can be sold around the world as commercial products and services. "We need to work very, very hard to knock down trade barriers so the products that we do develop, we can sell them to countries--not just Korea, Columbia and Panama, but to other countries as well," Carper said.
Source: Newark Post on 2012 Delaware Senate debate Oct 19, 2012

Chris Coons: Recent trade deals take advantage of us

I think we need to change the crazy tax policy in Washington that gives an incentive to American companies to shut down operations here and ship jobs overseas.

I've proposed expanding the home office tax credit, & for starting a new business that employs folks within the first couple of years, fighting harder in trade policy to make sure we're not letting our trading partners take advantage of us in trade deals that were signed over previous years, doing more in investment and innovation.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

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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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