Words: Thompson feels that protectionist policies are defensive and defeatist. “We’re not afraid of globalization. It works to our benefit. We innovate more and invest in that innovation better than anywhere else in the world. Same thing goes for services.”
Actions: Thompson voted FOR renewing Fast Track authority for trade agreements (1997), FOR expanding trade with the third world (2000), FOR permanent normal trade relations with China (2000) and Vietnam (2001), and FOR extending free trade to Andean nations (2002).