State of Maryland Archives: on Free Trade

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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Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
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Donald Trump(NY)
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Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
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Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
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Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
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