The Club for Growth is a vigorous defender of China’s cheating. Romney and Obama are mixing it up on China, and the Club for Growth comes to Hu Jintao’s defense.
See the article below. (At the bottom of this page is a list of Club for Growth leadership, which deserves a look.)
By ALEXANDER BURNS | 9/17/12 10:57 AM EDT
With Barack Obama and Mitt Romney outbidding each other in the China-bashing game, it would take a special, caution-to-the-wind kind of group to stand up for trade with the foreign competitor Americans fear most.
That group is the Club for Growth, which put out a statement just now urging the nominees of both parties to knock it off already:
The Club for Growth today denounced the China-bashing skirmish between Mitt Romney and President Obama. Both candidates are trying to portray themselves as the “toughest” on China when it comes to trade. They have both threatened to enact anti-growth policies against China that will raise prices, incite a trade war, and do real damage to our country’s economic recovery.
“Instead of pandering on trade with China, both Presidential candidates ought to tout the benefits that come with free trade,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Freer trade with countries like China means more markets for American businesses, and more competition leads to lower prices and more choices for American consumers. If Romney and Obama are serious about growing our economy, they should focus on cutting the corporate tax rate and eliminating burdensome regulations. China-bashing will only serve to hinder economic growth.”
It’s not the first time the Club has chided both parties for alarmism on China, in an illustration of the key difference between a highly ideological interest group and the more purely partisan entities that are responsible for most campaign spending.
The group’s statement hit the inbox moments after the Obama campaign released excerpts of a speech he’ll deliver today telling voters: “Ohio, you can’t stand up to China when all you’ve done is send them our jobs.”
Here is the leadership of the Club for Growth, from their website.
Board of Directors and Leadership Council
Board of Directors
JACKSON T. STEPHENS, Jr., Little Rock, AR
HOWIE RICH, Philadelphia, PA
FRAYDA LEVIN, Mountain Lakes, NJ
KEN BLACKWELL, Cincinnati, OH
JOHN CHILDS, Vero Beach, FL
JERRY HAYDEN, Barrington, IL
CHRIS CHOCOLA, Bristol, IN
JEAN BELANGER, Austin, TX
BRUCE BENT, New York, NY
BRENT BOZELL, Alexandria, VA
JOHN BRYAN, Lake Oswego, OR
MARC CENEDELLA, New York, NY
TERRY CONSIDINE, Denver, CO
DAN COOK, Dallas, TX
OLIVER GRACE, Palm Beach, FL
PATRICIA HERBOLD, Bellevue, WA
LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Fairfield, CT
VIRGINIA JAMES, Lambertville, NJ
GEORGE MITCHELL, Whitefish Bay, WI
LANCE SHANER, State College, PA
REX SINQUEFIELD, Clayton, MO
LEE TENZER, Naples, FL
LOUIS WOODHILL, Houston, TX