At RealClearPolitics former Indiana senator and governor Evan Bayh urges the Democrats to adopt an “America first” trade policy:
My message is simple: The elections this fall will be close and probably be decided by middle-class workers who feel fed up with both Washington and foreign nations that break the rules at our expense. Both presidential candidates and both parties have a strong interest in leveling the playing field for manufacturing.
I am confident our next president and our next majority party in the Senate will succeed by standing with manufacturing workers in critical swing states and standing up for American aluminum workers in Indiana and elsewhere across our great nation.
I have no doubt that we can ultimately prevail against the global pandemic and the economic destruction it is causing. To do so, we will need leaders – Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Republicans, Democrats – with the courage and strength to insist on a good deal for American manufacturing.
It shouldn’t be that difficult. Unions have been wary of trade, to say the least, for some time. The main barrier will probably be a reflex to identify an “America first” policy with xenophobia and racism.