Words: McCain endorses free trade and supports NAFTA, the GATT agreement, and US membership in the WTO and favors trade treaties over protectionism. “I would negotiate a free trade agreement with almost any country willing to negotiate fairly with us. Only risks to the security of our vital interests or egregious offenses to our most cherished political values should disqualify a nation from entering into a free trade agreement with us.”
Actions: McCain voted FOR renewing Fast Track presidential trade authority (1997), FOR expanding trade to the third world (1997), FOR permanent normal trade relations with China (2000), FOR extending free trade to Vietnam (2001), Andean nations (2002), Chile (2003), Singapore (2003), and Oman (2006), and FOR implementing CAFTA. The CATO Institute Center for Trade Policy Studies has given McCain a rating of 100%.
UPDATE: Senator John McCain answers question on trade from Editor Jim Rousmaniere during a Keene Sentinel Editorial Board interview on December 4, 2007