CPA can’t endorse any candidate, of course. Both Obama and Romney are a mixed bag on trade. But… I can say that the best reason I’ve seen to like Romney is this.
Here is one reason why they don’t like him.
One of the Club’s main issues is Romney’s attack on free trade with China. ”He knows better,” [Club president Chris Chocola] said.
Yes… you read that right. Chocola said “free trade” and “China” in the same sentence. Brilliant man.
They won’t be endorsing Obama either.
“[Romney's] our only choice for the Republicans now, so we’re not going to criticize him,” Club president Chris Chocola said. “We’re going to hope he exceeds our expectations.”
In case you were wondering, here’s a summary of their trade positions.
Obama: Endorsed currency manipulation legislation as a candidate, but not as president; more enforcement than before; but pushed through FTA’s with Peru, Colombia and South Korea; vigorously negotiating Trans-Pacific Partnership; no priority for balancing trade flows; has no priority or strategy for balancing trade flows.
Romney: Pledged to declare China a currency manipulator, which is a declaration without a remedy; will not endorse currency manipulation legislation; pledged to consider tariffs against, and consider halting government procurement, from China; wants many more trade agreements; has no priority or strategy for balancing trade flows.
I might have missed something, but that’s my summary.