WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With economic worries
entrenched in the minds of voters - and no end in sight - the Alliance for
American Manufacturing (AAM) brought its influential advertising and
grassroots campaign to Indiana today. The campaign - "China Cheats, Indiana
Loses" - arrives in Indiana after its high-profile run in Pennsylvania,
where it targeted the presidential candidates and successfully shifted the
national trade debate from NAFTA to China.
AAM's multi-faceted "China Cheats" campaign will continue urging the
presidential candidates to speak out and hold China accountable for unfair
trade practices that result in job losses. The campaign will run through
the May 6th Indiana primary.
"Voters who care about the economy are the dominant demographic for the
primary candidates. The candidate who clearly commits to solving the China
crisis is going to win Indiana," said AAM Director Scott Paul. "China
cheats and Indiana loses - more than 45,200 jobs since 2001. China
continues to play by different rules than everyone else, and voters in
states with big manufacturing job losses like Pennsylvania and Indiana
continue to be harmed."
The "China Cheats" ads will appear in seven media markets across the
state, including: Evansville, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, South Bend, Terre
Haute, and two outlets in northwest Indiana. A PDF of the ad is posted at:
AAM is a unique partnership of labor and management including the
United Steelworkers and several leading U.S. manufacturers. Members of AAM
Action, which includes retired and active employees, will be working across
the state to press the candidates on trade and China issues. Modeled on
recent Pennsylvania efforts, which greatly influenced the trade debate and
included a candidate forum in Pittsburgh, the Indiana campaign will push
for a discussion on China's illegal trade practices such as dumping,
subsidies, and currency manipulation.
"Our 'China Cheats' campaign features a hard-hitting, direct ad that
makes it clear that when Washington lets China win, workers in cities like
Gary and Indianapolis lose. The campaign will follow the candidates until
primary day, and voters will be telling them, 'Before you get my vote, I
want to know how you'll stop China's cheating,' " said Paul.
AAM has also launched CandidateWatch
(http://candidatewatch.manufacturethis.org/), a blog that will track what
the candidates are saying, or not saying, about their plans to stop China
from cheating on international trade laws.
The damaging effects of unfair trade are clear across the state. AAM's
analysis of Economic Policy Institute data found that Indiana lost 45,200
jobs from 2001-2006 (all sectors) as a result of the U.S. trade deficit
with China [source: EPI, 'Costly Trade with China'], for an average of
9,040 lost jobs per year. Using an identical analysis, AAM found that
Indiana lost an average of 3,196 jobs lost per year due to NAFTA [source:
EPI, 'Revisiting NAFTA'].
The U.S. racked up record annual trade deficits in 2007 with both China
($256 billion) and its NAFTA partners ($138 billion).
A state-by-state breakout of U.S. jobs lost to China is available at:
TEXT OF AD:
China Cheats. Indiana Loses.
Demand that the candidates put a stop to the cheating by enforcing our
laws against unfair trade.
Indiana has lost 109,800 manufacturing jobs since 2000. Why? Because
too many in Washington are unwilling to enforce our laws against unfair
trade, allowing countries like China to cheat, and putting U.S. workers and
manufacturers at a disadvantage. Want proof? Our soaring $256 billion
annual trade deficit with China has cost Indiana alone more than 45,200
jobs and more than 1.8 million jobs nationwide.
We need a President and a Congress who will stand up to China. Until
then, China will continue to illegally subsidize their industries, keep the
value of their currency low, dump their products in the U.S. and steal our
jobs. Don't let them get away with it.
The non-partisan, non-profit Alliance for American Manufacturing is a
labor-management partnership between the United Steelworkers and major
SOURCE Alliance for American Manufacturing