REMINDER: Congressman Jim Renacci Was For Unfair Trade Deals Before He Decided To Run For Senate
June 12, 2018
COLUMBUS — Since he decided to run for higher office, Congressman Jim Renacci has been desperate to paper over his history of supporting unfair trade deals and try to convince Ohio voters he’s worked to protect Ohio jobs. Unfortunately for Renacci, the facts keep popping up to ruin his attempts to re-brand himself.
Three years ago today, Congressman Renacci cast one of two votes for Trade Promotion Authority, which would have been devastating for Ohio workers. In 2015 alone, Ohio lost 112,500 jobs to countries that were in TPP. Here are some other important things to know about Renacci’s record on trade:
- Renacci once said, “I believe we need free trade around the world.”
- Renacci voted for trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that shipped Ohio jobs overseas.
- Renacci has given mealy-mouthed non-answer after mealy-mouthed non-answer on President Trump’s tariffs, rather than give a clear position.
- Washington Post: “Renacci, like GOP lawmakers elsewhere, is being forced to explain to blue-collar voters why he supports free trade policies that are now out of step with Trump’s Republican Party.”
- New York Times: “Asked about trade, Mr. Renacci struggled.”
- Washington Examiner: “Trump’s trade policies will likely take center stage in the race and that could backfire on Renacci. Unlike Brown, Renacci loved free trade before he hated it.”
- Columbus Dispatch: “Meanwhile, Renacci, like many other Republicans, is walking a delicate line.”
- CNBC: “But Rep. Jim Renacci, a Republican who previously supported free trade, has changed his tune this year as he tries to defeat Brown.”
“Try as he might to rewrite his record, the facts are clear: Congressman Jim Renacci has long supported unfair trade deals that ship jobs overseas and hurt Ohio’s working families,” said Lara Sisselman, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party. “It’s clear that Congressman Renacci can only be trusted to look out for himself, not Ohio workers.”