Dick Cheney on Free Trade

Vice President of the United States under George W. Bush

Worldwide market thrives only with peaceful stability

We are a trading nation, and our prosperity is directly linked to peace and stability in the world. The real victory in the Cold War was the years of peace in which free societies could grow and prosper. And while the threat of Soviet communism may now be gone, the end of the Cold War had not ended all threats to our way of life. There is not a home or a business that would not be adversely affected if Saddam Hussein had been allowed to grab control of the world’s supply of oil.

Simply stated, the worldwide market that we are part of cannot thrive where regional violence, instability, and aggression put it at peril. Our economic well-being and our security depend an a stable world in which the community of peaceful democratic nations continues to grow. Hostile and anti-democratic regimes must know that aggression is a risk that will not pay. [We must] maintain capable, ready military forces that can deter aggression and, if that fails, be ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Source: Speech at Lawrence Technical University , Sep 14, 1992

Sponsored bills limiting trade & allowing import fees

Source: Congressional Record , Jan 1, 1989

Supported import tax on crude oil & “energy security”

Source: Thomas Register of Congressional Votes , Jan 1, 1988

Voted against textile import limits

Source: (X-ref Health) Congressional Record, in Poltics in America , Jan 1, 1986

Supported export promotion & import tax relief

Source: Thomas Register of Congressional Votes , Jan 1, 1986

Supports linking MFN to human rights outside of China

Source: Thomas Register of Congressional Votes , Jan 1, 1988

Other governors on Free Trade: Dick Cheney on other issues:
WY Gubernatorial:
Matt Mead
WY Senatorial:
John Barrasso
Michael Enzi

Newly elected Nov. 2012:
IN: Mike Pence (R)
NC: Pat McCrory (R)
NH: Maggie Hassan (D)
MT: Steve Bullock (D)
WA: Jay Inslee (D)

Re-elected 2012:
DE: Jack Markell (D)
MO: Jay Nixon (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
UT: Gary Herbert (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WV: Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

Up for re-election 2013:
NJ: Chris Christie
VA: Bob McDonnell
Up for re-election 2014:
AK: Sean Parnell
AL: Robert Bentley
AR: Mike Beebe
AZ: Jan Brewer
CA: Jerry Brown
CO: John Hickenlooper
CT: Dan Malloy
FL: Rick Scott
GA: Nathan Deal
HI: Neil Abercrombie
IA: Terry Branstad
ID: Butch Otter
IL: Pat Quinn
KS: Sam Brownback
MA: Deval Patrick
MD: Martin O'Malley
ME: Paul LePage
MI: Rick Snyder
MN: Mark Dayton
NH: Maggie Hassan
NM: Susana Martinez
NV: Brian Sandoval
NY: Andrew Cuomo
OH: John Kasich
OK: Mary Fallin
OR: John Kitzhaber
PA: Tom Corbett
RI: Linc Chafee
SC: Nikki Haley
SD: Dennis Daugaard
TN: Bill Haslam
TX: Rick Perry
VT: Peter Shumlin
WI: Scott Walker
WY: Matt Mead
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