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Issue Position: International Trade

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Old Town, where I live, has a proud history of manufacturing some of the world's finest products. Old Town is renowned for its canoes; but at one time, it also was a beehive of activity in shoe manufacturing, textiles, lumber, and papermaking, as well as the famous White and Old Town Canoe factories. In the mid-1960's, nearly 10,000 people earned their living in Old Town's many mills. And Old Town was not unique--Sanford, Lewiston, Auburn, Waterville, Bangor, Portland, Orono, Millinocket and East Millinocket, Brewer, Guilford, and many other towns--were very similar. Over the years, one by one, announcement by announcement, the mills have closed, their equipment crated up and shipped to plants overseas, where cheap labor and minimal protections ensures thick profits for corporations and their stockholders. Unfair trade agreements have taken Maine's historic dominance in shoe, paper, and textile manufacturing and converted it into a bygone time in our history. As your U. S. Senator, I will fight for Maine's working families and innovative entrepreneurs, and protect our future from trade agreements that only help our competitors. If we're going to create jobs, why are we doing it in South Korea and China? Our policies should target building prosperity in Maine and the United States, not finding more opportunities to import cheap goods that stifle growth in America.

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