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Council on Foreign Relations, USA, October 29, 2007

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Republican Candidates on Trade

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Rudy Giuliani

Giuliani’s “Twelve Commitments to the American People” include statements in strong support of free trade. Giuliani pledges to “aggressively advance” free trade, focusing on three main elements: reducing tax burdens to improve the competitiveness of U.S. companies; reforming the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, toward the same end; and reinvigorating the Doha round of multilateral trade negotiations. Giuliani's economic advisor, Stanford University’s Michael Boskin, says Giuliani supports free trade “but also wants to make sure countries such as China are playing fair,” according to an April 2007 report in the Business Journal of Phoenix. As mayor of New York City, Giuliani criticized NAFTA (Latin Business Chronicle), saying: “I continue to be concerned about the effect it [NAFTA] would have on the job situation.”

In an October 2007 Republican presidential debate, Giuliani spoke in support of the pending Free Trade Agreements with Peru, Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, saying they "would be good deals for the United States."

 

Original link: http://www.cfr.org/publication/13402

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