October 12, 2007

President Bush in Florida

President Bush mixes business and politics on a trip to Florida. He'll be attending a private luncheon for the Republican National Committee and delivering a Miami speech on trade policy before heading to his ranch in Texas. Bush plans to issue a new warning against protectionism. The White House says rather than fear competition from abroad, Americans should embrace it. The president says it's good for the United States and good for America's neighbors. Specifically, Bush will be urging Congress to approve trade deals with Peru, Colombia and Panama.

Democrats have been sounding an anti-trade theme on the presidential campaign trail. John Edwards has denounced it as bad for U.S. workers. And even Hillary Clinton has called for re-examination of the NAFTA accord that was negotiated in the 90s by her husband.

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