Kucinich believes that trade should be based on “workers’ rights, human rights, and environmental quality principles”. He advocates withdrawing from NAFTA and the WTO and feels trade deals should be based on the power of US market leverage. “The US is not a beggar in international trade relations. The US is the world’s number one consumer market. The world wants to sell to American consumers. That ought to represent leverage.”
Actions: Kucinich voted AGAINST renewing Fast Track presidential trade authority (1998), FOR withdrawing from the WTO (2000), AGAINST extending free trade to Chile (2003), Singapore (2003), and Australia (2006), and AGAINST implementing CAFTA. The CATO Institute Center for Trade Policy Studies has given him a rating of 39%.