Words: Edwards feels that current trade agreements focus on profits for multinationals and benefit their shareholders, but that small business suffers as a result. He advocates renegotiating NAFTA rather than canceling it and believes trade agreements should include environmental standards. “I would put enforceable provisions into our trade agreements [to] level the playing field for American workers.”
Actions: Edwards voted AGAINST expanding trade to the third world (1997), FOR permanent normal trade relations with China (2000), FOR extending free trade to Vietnam (2001) and Andean nations (2002), and AGAINST extending free trade to Chile (2003) and Singapore (2003). The CATO Institute Center for Trade Policy Studies has given Edwards a rating of 17%.