State of Wisconsin Archives: on Free Trade


Tony Evers: Build Wisconsin's dairy brand in international markets

We've endured the consequences of unnecessary and unproductive tariffs and trade wars. The package of bills we'll announce includes a bill creating the Wisconsin Initiative for Dairy Exports. We have to start maximizing efficiency in our small and middle-sized farms, and we need to build Wisconsin's dairy brand in international markets and increase dairy exports. So, we're going to set a goal of increasing Wisconsin's dairy exports to 20 percent of the United States' milk supply by 2024.
Source: 2020 Wisconsin State of the State address Jan 22, 2020

Leah Vukmir: Tariffs on China give time to negotiate fairer deals

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

Tammy Baldwin (D): Qualified yes. Send message "to bad actors like China," but support those hurt by retaliatory tariffs.

Leah Vukmir (R): Qualified yes. Free trade advocate but "willing to give the president the time to negotiate fairer deals."

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

Scott Walker: Trump's tariffs on China harm Wisconsin companies

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

Tony Evers (D): No.

Scott Walker (R): No. Tariffs will harm Wisconsin companies. Asked Trump to reconsider.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Wisconsin Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Tammy Baldwin: Tariffs send message to bad actors like China

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

Tammy Baldwin (D): Qualified yes. Send message "to bad actors like China," but support those hurt by retaliatory tariffs.

Leah Vukmir (R): Qualified yes. Free trade advocate but "willing to give the president the time to negotiate fairer deals."

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

Tony Evers: Opposes Trump's tariffs on China

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

Tony Evers (D): No.

Scott Walker (R): No. Tariffs will harm Wisconsin companies. Asked Trump to reconsider.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Wisconsin Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Phil Anderson: Support free trade

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Support & expand free trade"?

A: Support

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Wisconsin Governor candidate May 18, 2018

Kelda Helen Roys: Pursue expanded fair trade

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Support & expand free trade"?

A: Neither support or oppose--while free trade is important for American businesses and consumers, as well as international diplomacy, many trade agreements have caused a "race to the bottom" that harms American workers and destroys our environment. We need to pursue expanded fair trade that supports American values--strong support for workers, protecting clean air and water, and fair business and trade practices.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Wisconsin Governor candidate May 5, 2018

Mike Gallagher: Smart trade deals protect our sovereignty--not TPP

In Congress, I will fight for smart trade deals that are fair for Wisconsin workers and families, and do not compromise our sovereignty or our national security. I will also fight to reverse the out-of- control regulatory state that is suffocating our manufacturers and stealing wages from Wisconsin workers, as well as the Obama-Clinton foreign policy weakness that has allowed China and other countries to compromise our economic and national security.

Wisconsin's companies need to be able to sell goods to these other nations. But poorly negotiated trade agreements can put Wisconsin jobs and businesses at risk while letting countries like China break the rules. Unfortunately this President has a track record of negotiating bad deals and TPP fits that pattern. I don't support the agreement.

When Wisconsin workers compete on a level playing field, we can out-compete and out-work anyone in the world. This starts by having trade agreements that are fair & beneficial for our citizens & employers.

Source: 2016 Wisconsin House campaign website MikeForWisconsin.com Nov 8, 2016

Russell Feingold: Opposes lousy trade deals

On the campaign trail, Feingold rails against "lousy trade deals" and whacks Sen. Johnson's record on issues like student loan debt, while noting the Republican attended the University of Minnesota, prompting groans from the crowd.
Source: Politico.com on 2016 Wisconsin Senate race Aug 5, 2015

Ron Johnson: Yes to trade adjustment; Yes to fast-track

Source: Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Wisconsin Senate race Jun 24, 2015

Scott Walker: Milk exports up; but also ginseng exports to China

Agricultural exports grew by 6% through the first three quarters of 2013, while dairy exports grew by 34%.

We made major investments in agriculture this year. At the University of Wisconsin, we are expanding the Dairy Resource Center at Babcock Hall and building a new Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory.

We are proud to be America's Dairyland, but we are also one of the top states for corn, soybeans, potatoes, cherries, and other foods. Many may be surprised to know we are the number one producer of cranberries in the US. And 95% of the ginseng exported to China comes from our state. Last April, we signed a ten-year agreement while on my trade mission in China worth between $150 and $200 million.

Not only is Asia a major market for our ginseng, many people now come to north central Wisconsin to tour our ginseng operations. Food- and beverage-related tourism continues to grow. From tours of breweries, cheese factories, and even spice operations, Wisconsin is a great destination.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Wisconsin legislature Jan 22, 2014

Scott Walker: Global opportunity: Get WI products out to the world

The state's facing a fundamentally changed marketplace to which we have to respond. Like Wisconsin companies, our competition isn't just next door but also across the world. As a result, we must transform our government and business environment to compet globally. With global competition also comes global opportunity. For instance, 96% of the world's population live and consume products outside of the US. Wisconsin businesses who want to grow, expand and create new, good-paying jobs need to be able to get their products out to the world in a cost-effective manner. That means a strong transportation network in Wisconsin; re-prioritizing our transportation investments. I challenged the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to look at new ways to reconstruct our state's busiest interchange--the Zoo Interchange--which is used by 350,000 people a day. Our transportation leaders met the challenge and developed a plan that will start the project ahead of schedule and save the taxpayer's $600 million.
Source: 2011 Wisconsin State of the State Address Feb 1, 2011

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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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