State of Minnesota secondary Archives: on Free Trade


Heather Johnson: Free markets are the fairest form of voluntary exchange

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

A: Libertarians support free markets. It is the most indiscriminately fair form of business with voluntary exchanges of goods and services for goods and services, open competition, consumer driven supply and demand that better regulate cost of living and wages than any type of government controlled system or any system where businesses are allowed to use government for personal gain. Any company that tries to manipulate the market can be regulated through worker and consumer protests. Any coercion, force, or fraud upon employees, consumers, or even businesses can seek justice through the judicial system.

Source: E-mail interview on 2014 MN Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 18, 2014

Kurt Bills: Help countries with trade instead of aid

Q: You support cutting our foreign aid from $50 billion a year to $5 billion. Are there risks that come with this kind of reduction?

BILLS: I see the best way of helping these countries is by trading with them. If we trade with each other, that's also a great national security, to promote our national security we trade with other countries, and then we're integrated with them and then we're less likely to be aggressive toward them and they're less likely to be aggressive towards us.

Source: MinnPost.com Q-and-A on 2012 MN Senate debate Jun 29, 2012

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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2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates: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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