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: http://www.americanmanufacturing.org/issues/china-cheats/ 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 FACTS: 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: http://www.americanmanufacturing.org/inyourstate/ 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. ABOUT AAM The non-partisan, non-profit Alliance for American Manufacturing is a labor-management partnership between the United Steelworkers and major manufacturers.
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