2016 Presidential Candidates: Trade


We are intricately tied to other countries through family, traditions, and business. We need immigration reform and trade policies that support these ties and lead us back to prosperity with the talented workers and open, fair markets we need to succeed.

Democratic Candidate*

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton

TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY (TPP): When asked if she would vote for Trade Promotion Authority if still in the Senate: "At this point, probably not because it’s a process vote and I don’t want to say it’s the same as TPP. Right now I’m focused on making sure we get trade adjustment assistance and I certainly would not vote for it unless I were absolutely confident we would get trade adjustment assistance." (Clinton, 2015)  Made the following remarks during a November 2012 speech: "This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field. And when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world's total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment." (Clinton, 2012)

Republican Candidate*

Donald TrumpDonald Trump   

On NAFTA: "It's a disaster. We will either renegotiate it or break it because you know every agreement has an end. Every agreement has to be fair. Every agreement has a defraud claim. We're being defrauded by all these countries." (Trump 2015)

On Tariffs: "Let's say Ford moves to Mexico, if they want to sell that car in the United States, then they pay a tax. Here's what's going to happen: they aren't going to build their plant there, they'll build it in the United States." (Trump 2015)

*Leading presidential candidates as of July 21, 2016.  To see all candidates or search for other candidates, please click here.