John Kasich on Free Trade
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President
Review trade violations without heavy-handed tariffs
It is up to Americans to constantly innovate in order to remain competitive. Our international trading partners have to realize, however, that if they do not do more to eliminate government subsidies, dumping, and other anticompetitive behavior, support
for free and fair trade will collapse even further in the United States. The result will be that everyone will suffer. That said, we should not have to resort to heavy-handed tariffs and quotas in order to get our partners to start taking our concerns
seriously. To reduce jobs losses from trade, we need an expedited process, free of bureaucratic delays, to review trade violations and stop them when they occur. But we must also undertake new efforts that help people obtain the skills they need
for the jobs of the future.
It was a mistake for the Trump administration to turn its back on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would have eliminated 18,000 foreign tariffs currently imposed on products that Americans make & seek to sell overseas.
Source: 2020 presidential hopeful Kasich column in Foreign Affairs
, Jun 6, 2018
Shut down trade when countries dump in America
Q: You've been a strong advocate for these trade deals over the years. Critics say these deals are great for corporate America's bottom line, but have cost the U.S. at least 1 million jobs.
KASICH: I grew up in a blue collar family. And the simple fact
of the matter is that of course we're sensitive about trade. One out of five Americans works in a job connected to trade; 38 million Americans are connected to it. But my position has always been we want to have free trade, but fair trade. And I've been
arguing all along that it is absolutely critical that when other countries break those agreements, we don't turn the process over to some international bureaucrat. Trade, though, has to be balanced and we have to make sure that when we see a violation,
like some country dumping their products into this country, believe me as president, I will stand up and I will shut down those imports because they're a violation of the agreement we have and the American worker expects us to stand up.
Source: 2016 GOP primary debate in Miami
, Mar 10, 2016
I support fair trade against dumping, to protect steel
I'm a free trader. I support NAFTA. [But] what happens is somebody dumps their product in our country and takes our jobs, and then we go to an international court and it takes them a year or two to
figure out whether they were cheating us. And the worker's out of a job. How do I know this? Many people in my family worked in steel mills. And the fact is those jobs are critical. Let's demand open trade but fair trade.
Source: Fox Business Republican 2-tier debate
, Jan 14, 2016
TPP is a strategic alliance against China
Q: What about the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
KASICH: TPP, it's critical to us, not only for economic reasons and for jobs, because there are so many people who are connected to getting jobs because of trade, but it allows us
to create not only economy alliances, but also potentially strategic alliances against the Chinese. They are not our enemy, but they are certainly not our friend.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate
, Nov 10, 2015
Supports NAFTA and GATT
Q: Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Q: Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries?
Q: Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Q: Do you support lifting the trade embargo imposed against Cuba?
Q: Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Source: Congressional 1996 National Political Awareness Test
, Nov 1, 1996
Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO.
Vote on withdrawing Congressional approval from the agreement establishing the World Trade Organization [WTO].
Reference: Resolution sponsored by Paul, R-TX;
Bill H J Res 90
; vote number 2000-310
on Jun 21, 2000
Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements.
Vote to establish negotiating objectives for trade agreements between the United States and foreign countries and renew 'fast track' authority for the President.
Reference: Bill introduced by Archer, R-TX.;
Bill HR 2621
; vote number 1998-466
on Sep 25, 1998
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