Monday's Forum to Put Clinton, Obama Trade Policies in National Spotlight

As Candidates Spar over Trade and Economy, Alliance for American

Manufacturing Forum in Pittsburgh Gives Voters Chance to Ask Tough


Apr 12, 2008, 01:00 ET from Alliance for American Manufacturing

    WASHINGTON, April 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scott Paul, Executive
 Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, issued the following
 statement in advance of the organization's presidential candidate forum on
 Monday in Pittsburgh:
     "Our forum will be an opportunity for Senator Obama and Senator Clinton
 to tell us what they would do to strengthen the economy, create jobs, and
 revitalize manufacturing in communities all over Pennsylvania. American
 workers have very compelling reasons to be concerned about the past and
 anxious about the future precisely because our trade policies are not
 working for us. On Monday, we hope to learn what the candidates will do to
 hold cheating countries like China accountable, reform our flawed trade
 policies, and strengthen manufacturing."
     MORE: The candidate forum is part of a larger effort by AAM to
 highlight the impact that China's unfair trade practices -- and our
 unwillingness to hold them accountable -- have on American workers and
 manufacturers. Scott Paul is available for taped or live interviews this
 weekend and pre- and post-event on Monday. The event will be held from
 8:30a.m. - 12:30p.m., Monday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
 1000 Ft. Duquesne Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
     AAM has launched a statewide advertisement and grassroots campaign
 entitled, "China Cheats. Pennsylvania Loses." A PDF of the ad is posted at:
     FACTS: The damaging effects of unfair trade are clear across the state.
 AAM's analysis of Economic Policy Institute data found that Pennsylvania
 lost 78,200 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 15,640 lost jobs per year. Using an identical analysis, AAM found that
 Pennsylvania lost 44,173 jobs from 1993-2004 (all sectors) as a result of
 NAFTA, for an average of 4,016 jobs lost per year [source: EPI, 'Revisiting
     The Alliance for American Manufacturing is a non-partisan, non-profit
 labor-management partnership forged to strengthen manufacturing in the U.S.
 AAM promotes creative policy solutions on priorities such as international
 trade, energy security, health care, retirement security, currency
 manipulation, and other issues of mutual concern. For more information:

SOURCE Alliance for American Manufacturing