State of Illinois Archives: on Free Trade

Mark Curran: Tariffs may be necessary; subsidize farmers if required

I think tariffs on international commerce may be necessary. The United States is the great food exporter to the world. Illinois farmers suffered from the tariffs. President Trump wisely did give some of the increased tariff money to farmers. I think that it important that we protect farmers. America needs to continue to be the great food exporter and Illinois needs to continue to be the heartland. I am in favor of subsidies if that is what is required in a down year to keep the farmer going.
Source: Chicago Sun Times on 2020 Illinois Senate race Jan 22, 2020

Tammy Duckworth: Yes to Ex-im bank; Yes to fast-track

Source: coverage of 2016 Illinois Senate race Oct 27, 2015

Jim Oberweis: Challenge in China is lack of clarity on taxes

Q: When doing business in China, how do you navigate waters like capital gains? You've observed in the past that, yes, they may be on the book somewhere, but nobody pays attention to them.

Oberweis: We talked a lot to our tax people on this, as well. As it currently stands, nobody pays it and you have to be aware of it. I think you're going to see clarification on it, though. I think, within the next couple years, there'll be much sharper clarification. It's not only a question of China, but what about other companies that are listed elsewhere or have part of their business elsewhere? Or companies where their headquarters are elsewhere, but all the businesses are in China? That's one of the challenges of investing in China, is the lack of clarity with respect to tax positions. We have experts on our team who try to help advise us. I'll be the first to tell you, it is not a crystal clear area and you have to make the best decisions you can under the circumstances that you know.

Source: Forbes Magazine interview on 2014 Illinois Senate race Jan 5, 2012

Jim Oberweis: Invest in Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, India, and China

Q: What countries interest you in Asia, besides China?

Oberweis: I'm going to Jakarta for an exploratory reason in February.

Q: Do you fear you've missed it?

Oberweis: Maybe. It's been on fire. We're going to go visit companies and look and see. We were in Vietnam two years ago looking at the same types of things. Vietnam is a great place to be. It's a really hard place to play public equity markets, just because it's a relatively corrupt insider trading environment. We're certainly seeing more ideas in Japan than we've seen in a long time. Part of that is currency, part of it is rebuilding and part of it is, I think, increasing trade with China. You would expect that, with the exception of the cultural barriers that are so high, but I think you'll see a little bit more of that in the decade to come. Money has a way of trumping even the gravest of enemies over time. India has always been an area of interest for us. Until recently, it's been hard to find the valuations that we like.

Source: Forbes Magazine interview on 2014 Illinois Senate race Jan 5, 2012

Pat Quinn: Exports support 500,000 jobs in IL; double that in 5 years

Illinois is a major player on the global stage. Our current exports support more than a half a million Illinois jobs. In 2010, our state's exports went up by nearly 20% to just under 50 billion dollars. We are 6th in the nation in exports, and first in the Midwest. As Governor, I pledge double our exports over the next five years. To meet this goal, we will be reorganizing our foreign trade offices--working with representatives from international markets to develop new trading relationships and enhance the ones already in place. For example: we recently hosted the president of China and his delegation of trade officials. These meetings resulted in $1.8 billion in agreements that will sell 25% of Illinois' soybean crop to China. In 2010, exports from Illinois to China increased by nearly 30%. And more than 30 Chinese companies have already invested in Illinois, employing thousands of Illinois workers.
Source: Illinois 2011 State of the State Budget Address Feb 16, 2011

Alexi Giannoulias: Eliminate $200B in tax loopholes that ship jobs overseas

End Unfair Trade Agreements and Fight China's Anticompetitive Practices: Alexi wants to renegotiate NAFTA and other trade pacts, ensuring that future agreements learn from out past mistakes. He also wants to close loopholes that give tax breaks to companies that ship overseas, raising nearly $200 billion by doing so.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website,, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Barack Obama: Fair trade should have tangible benefits for US

[Obama believes in] ensuring fair trade by enforcing existing trade agreements. Obama believes any trade agreement must have real, tangible benefits for U.S. business and workers and will work to enforce the trade agreements on the books.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, Jun 25, 2004

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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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