May 26, 2011
Trade Talk Divides Blue-Collar Republicans, GOP Candidates; Republican Party
While the political press has focused on the growing number of Republicans who won't be running for president - most recently, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels - it has paid little attention to another kind of politician missing from the GOP field: No Republican who is tough-on-trade or favors protectionism is making a presidential bid in 2012.
None of the current or likely contenders for the GOP presidential nomination challenges the party's orthodoxy on trade: the belief that fewer tariffs are better for the U.S. economy and that more free-trade agreements, such as the pending pacts with Colombia and South Korea, are good for the nation.
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