Manufacturers Push Back Against Anti-Trade Rhetoric by Presidential Candidates (The Hill)

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is using social media to dispel what they say are a slew of myths — from claims about China to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — being perpetuated by candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

“Trade continues to be a key topic in the campaigns of both major parties,” wrote Linda Dempsey, NAM’s vice president of international economic affairs in a blog post.

“Unfortunately, the most oft-repeated claims are flat out wrong and portend a dangerous path of retreat from the strong trade approach that has long been a powerful positive force for American workers, consumers and families,” she wrote.

Dempsey hit on four key points in her post to address areas where most of the trade debate has focused.

She argues that candidates should be more concerned about the hundreds of trade deals where the United States isn't a participant instead of fighting against agreements like the12-nation  Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which NAM is supporting.

"U.S. negotiated trade agreement are huge market-boosters for U.S. manufacturing because they promote fair trade by leveling the playing field," she wrote.

She also said the criticism of the NAFTA, a 20-year-old agreement with Mexico and Canada, “is an enduring but deeply flawed myth.”

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