Democratic Debate and the Free Trade Argument

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Last night-s debate was a California affair in style as well as location, with four candidates and three panelists seated around a table with no rules against interruption, personal comments or physical touching. One of the issues raised was free trade, and with millions of jobs going overseas, Democratic candidates are holding the Bush administration to blame. But the globalized economy looked great during the Clinton years, and economists insist that free trade will create jobs, even if that takes a long time. John Kerry and John Edwards want -fair trade,- a formula to change the rules of free trade without losing the benefits. Are they walking a tight rope between good populist politics and good economics? We hear several viewpoints from pollsters, political analysts and an international investment banker from Goldman Sachs
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United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) on grocery strike

Democratic presidential nominees' debate at USC

Edwards campaign

Kerry campaign

Sharpton campaign

Kucinich campaign

KCRW's Election Connection

US-Central American Free Trade Agreement

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

World Trade Organization (WTO)



Warren Olney