State of Maryland Archives: on Free Trade

Ian Schlakman: Don't expand free trade

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

A: Strongly oppose

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate Aug 21, 2018

Richard Madaleno: Preference for American-made goods in state procurement

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate Jun 1, 2018

Shawn Quinn: Support & expand free trade

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

A: Support

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate May 13, 2018

Arvin Vohra: Eliminate all tariffs, sanctions, & trade restrictions

Q: Do you support or oppose free trade?

A: Strongly support. If elected, I will sponsor legislation to eliminate all tariffs, sanctions, & trade restrictions. I want North Korean businesses to learn about American culture and spread that knowledge in North Korea, so that the people there see something better than the communism they currently face. I want them to see the wonders created by free market capitalism. I want to spread American culture through trade, not waste effort on sanctions and war.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Senate candidate Mar 30, 2018

Arvin Vohra: Make trade with countries, not war

I want this country to be prosperous. I want this country to make trade with countries, not war. I want Americans to live without guilt, knowing their money cannot be spent on bombing hospitals and schools. And I want to bring our troops home.

I want this country to be strong and safe. And so, if elected, I will sponsor legislation to end U.S. involvement in foreign wars, bring our troops home, and return all that tax money to you.

Source: 2018 Maryland Senatorial campaign website Feb 22, 2018

Sam Faddis: Let's revise our trade deals and bring our jobs back home

Q: What are the three main issues facing the voters in the State of Maryland that you intend to address and how?

Faddis: ˙Jobs, the economy, and healthcare. Government shall create the conditions under which economic growth can occur and jobs can be created. Let's renegotiate trade deals that have driven jobs abroad. We should not be fighting over raising the minimum wage. We should be creating jobs that pay a real living wage, one on which you can build a future.

Source: Special Forces News on 2018 Maryland Senate race May 31, 2017

Jamie Raskin: Support only free trade deals that are fair and balanced

Jamie will support only free trade deals that are fair and balanced, that address foreign currency manipulation and repressive employment practices, that have strong environmental and labor protections which cannot be undercut, and that are accompanied by investment in training and education for workers adversely affected.
Source: 2016 Maryland House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Kathy Szeliga: Support TPP to expand free trade with Pacific nations

Q: Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Have free trade deals generally been good for the U.S.?

Szeliga: The Maryland economy relies on trade. The idea of expanding free trade with nations in the Pacific would produce more jobs and improve our economy. Additionally, nations that trade with each other are less likely to enter military conflicts. In any free trade agreements, we must ensure the agreement will benefit the American economy.

Source: Baltimore Sun Voter Guide on 2016 Maryland Senate race Sep 9, 2016

Margaret Flowers: Movement against corporate rigged trade agreements like TPP

As it did in the early 20th century, capitalism itself is failing once again, especially this late stage predatory capitalism with its corrupt financial market domination. It's time for a new system.

What should the movement do? A movement sprang up out of the last collapse, the Occupy Movement, has since grown and dispersed into other areas where people are organizing around issues like debt, especially student debt, home foreclosures, banking regulation and livable wages. The Black Lives Matter movement, which is primarily focused on police violence, also understands the racially unfair economy. And, the movement against corporate rigged trade agreements like the TPP has united movements and shown people how economics impacts everything from food, water and the environment to labor and banking regulation to the Internet and more. We are all connected.

Source: 2016 Maryland Senate campaign website Feb 3, 2016

Chris Van Hollen: I oppose TPP; but look at each trade deal individually

On trade, Edwards said that there were "differences in our records." While both oppose an Asia trade agreement currently under negotiation, Edwards has consistently opposed free-trade agreements; Van Hollen has not. He said he looks at each trade deal individually before deciding whether it will help or hurt U.S. workers.
Source: Wash. Post coverage of 2016 Maryland Senate debate Mar 5, 2015

Rob Sobhani: Free and fair trade plus multilateralism

America faces many challenges in today's world, and one of the greatest of these is the lack of consistent leadership. Our allies and enemies alike must know where America stands and WHAT we stand for. I believe in peace through strength, free and fair trade, and multilateralism based on American leadership.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, Oct 15, 2012

Michael Steele: Led trade mission to Ghana and South Africa

Source: 2006 Senate website,, “Issues” Oct 25, 2006

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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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