Trade in Elections
An analysis of the 2012 election reveals a bipartisan race to align campaign positions with the American public’s opposition to current U.S. trade policies and the job offshoring they cause. Over the course of the election season, a wave of ads focused mainly on job offshoring and secondarily on trade with China, spotlighted the damage caused by current U.S. trade policies, fueling transpartisan expectations for reform and further complicating the path for the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” pact that is slated for completion in 2013.
Presidential candidates ran three times as many trade-related ads as in 2008, 30 states' congressional race ads featured criticism of the trade status quo, and the composition of the Senate shifted in favor of fair trade.
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