State of Mississippi Archives: on Free Trade


Mike Espy: Experience in negotiating multilateral trade treaties

I have the experience of having personally negotiated two multilateral trade treaties that greatly expanded market opportunities for our nation's farmers. They deserve a proven advocate for them in the U.S. Senate--not someone engaged in hyper-partisan political gamesmanship. I will work with any president and any administration to improve opportunities for Mississippi's farmers and make sure those opportunities directly benefit them.
Source: 2020 Mississippi Senate campaign website EspyForSenate.com Jun 25, 2020

Robert Foster: Support tariffs on China; assist farmers when hurt by them

Q: In response to President Trump's tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum, China put tariffs on U.S. goods like soybeans. Soybean farmers in Mississippi have seen prices and demand for exports drop. What do you think of the tariffs?

A: I have to support our president and what's he trying to accomplish. The Chinese have been taking advantage of us and other countries for a long time on trade deals, and it has been bleeding our country of all of our manufacturing, of a lot of our industry. He is attempting to force them to the table to renegotiate those deals. It has to be done, because if not, our entire country continues to decline economically otherwise, and it's a tough situation to be in. It's not easy.

Q: Do you support the administration's bailouts for farmers caught in the trade war?

A: We're going to have to take care of our farmers. We have to have agriculture. We're going to have to make sure that they're taken care of until we're able to get past this.

Source: Jackson Free Press on 2019 Mississippi Gubernatorial race Feb 6, 2019

Phil Bryant: Mississippi is part of global market, from Tel Aviv to Tokyo

I have assured presidents and prime ministers and chief executive officers that Mississippi works and they have listened. From Tel Aviv to Tokyo, we have traveled the globe seeking investment in Mississippi, and our efforts are paying dividends. More than 155 international corporations now have a presence in our state. Our exports have increased by more than 259 percent in the last decade, and over the last several years we have shown world leaders that Mississippi is more than just a river
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Mississippi legislature Jan 15, 2019

David Baria: Tariffs have negative impact on Mississippians

Q: Support President Trump's imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?

David Baria (D): No. They have a negative impact on Mississippians.

Roger Wicker (R): Knows Mississippi farmers are bracing for negative impacts, but hopes "end results will be greater opportunities."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Mississippi Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Roger Wicker: Tariffs hurt, but end results will be greater opportunities

Q: Support President Trump's imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?

David Baria (D): No. They have a negative impact on Mississippians.

Roger Wicker (R): Knows Mississippi farmers are bracing for negative impacts, but hopes "end results will be greater opportunities."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Mississippi Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Travis Childers: End tax breaks for big corporations that ship jobs overseas

Q: How would you protect Social Security for today's seniors and strengthen it for future generations?

A: We need to end tax breaks for big corporations that ship jobs overseas, protect Medicare and Social Security, give small business owners a tax break, and pass a balanced budget amendment to force the politicians to cut the wasteful spending. In the Senate, Travis will lead the fight for a Balanced Budget Amendment, protect the Medicare and Social Security benefits that seniors have earned, and protect Mississippi jobs by ending tax breaks for big corporations that ship jobs overseas.

Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2014 Mississippi Senate race Aug 31, 2014

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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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