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Rust Belt Politics: The national NAFTA debate during recent US presidential election cycles

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  • James Tanoos

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The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) once again became a newsworthy topic in the US media, this time during the contested Spring 2008 Democratic primary for the US presidency, particularly from campaign talking-points originating within Midwestern Rust-Belt states. Although the merits of NAFTA were central to the dialogue during this campaign season, similar debate did not warrant deliberation during the time of the general election in the Fall of 2008. An examination of media coverage dedicated to NAFTA in the lead-up to the past three American general elections confirmed these tendencies. Even though the Rust Belt, which is considered the key political toss-up region in the for the US presidency, has the most at stake concerning NAFTA’s effects, it remains to be seen if the trade pact will elicit debate from the presidential candidates during the Fall election in 2012.

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  • James Tanoos, 2012. "Rust Belt Politics: The national NAFTA debate during recent US presidential election cycles," Review of Applied Socio-Economic Research, Pro Global Science Association, vol. 3(1), pages 184-194, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:rse:wpaper:v:3:y:2012:i:1:p:184-194
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    deindustrialization; free trade; human rights; international industry investment; labor unions; NAFTA; nationalism; protectionism; Ricardian Model; Rust Belt;

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