Edwards on trade
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Aug. 6 blamed presidents of both political parties for trade policies that he said have harmed workers. The United States needs a new tough trade outlook, he said.
“The trade policies of President Bush have devastated towns and communities all across America. But let’s be clear about something — this isn’t just his doing,” Mr. Edwards said in remarks prepared for a speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“For far too long, presidents from both parties have entered into trade agreements, like NAFTA, promising they would create millions of new jobs and enrich communities,” he said. “Instead, too many of these agreements have cost us jobs and devastated many of our towns.”
While Mr. Edwards did not mention Bill Clinton by name, the Democratic president — and husband of Edwards rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton — was a driving force in getting the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, approved in the early 1990s.
Mr. Edwards, the party’s vice presidential nominee in 2004, said the new policy should be aimed at lifting foreign labor and environmental standards and keeping out unsafe imported goods.