It seems Democrats often use the issue of free trade to attack the GOP, but Republicans hardly ever respond. On economic policy, they rarely deviate from their rhetoric on tax cuts they almost never take the time to articulate their position in favor of free trade.
Apparently Steve Schwerber from Letters in Bottles got the opportunity to discuss the issue of trade with Ron Johnson today. Here is Johnson discussing trade with China:
Well, I think you insist on free and fair trade. It's in all countries' interests, quite honestly, to have free and fair trade. I mean, it really works any time the world has, you know, devolved into trade wars and stuff has not been good for anybody's economy. So I think people that really study history and stuff will realize that we have to have free and fair trade. And the fact of the matter is, as China develops, we're already seeing the results of that.
Ironically, the other day I had talked to Dave Westlake about a variety of issues, including trade with Cuba. He says he supports maintaining the 60 year embargo because of human rights abuses.
Well Dave, by that standard, should we also put an embargo on China, I asked.
"Maybe we should," he responded.
How great would it be to see the Wisconsin GOP primary descend into a battle over human rights in China?