Gary Johnson on Free Trade
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
A: NAFTA has benefited New Mexico. With each passing day, it's a bigger boom for New Mexico as a border state.
Q: Do you disagree that NAFTA has caused the "sucking sound" Ross Perot warned of--the sound of US jobs being sucked into Mexico?
A: My opinion is that the jobs we're talking about are those we generally don't want. What jobs are we saving?
Q: Manufacturing jobs.
A: There is shifting, and some companies have relocated to Mexico. But we've benefited far more than we have lost. Also, it's still settling. Intel has a new semiconductor manufacturing plant in Albuquerque, one of the most sophisticated plants on the planet. It is in the US because the workers are qualified and efficient here. If we're not competitive, we had better get competitive. We're moving toward a global economy whether we like it or not.
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