October 19, 2005

GO TO THE BOSSES, NOT THE UNDERLINGS (via Kevin Whited):

Portman woos Democrats (Josephine Hearn, 10/18/05, The Hill)

United States Trade Representative (USTR) Rob Portman is working hard to make good on his pledge to mend fences with Democrats after this summer’s partisan bloodbath over the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).

The affable former congressman from Ohio has visited Capitol Hill frequently this fall, holding private meetings with top Democrats and using his renowned personal appeal to try to pry open doors that slammed shut on the administration’s trade policies during the run-up to CAFTA.

Democrats and Republicans alike have high hopes that Portman’s willingness to gather input from members of Congress will translate into more Democratic votes for future free-trade agreements. CAFTA passed by a razor-thin margin after House leaders kept the vote open for an hour.


It's not a function of communication but ideology. Unions own the Party and won't let them vote for Free Trade.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 19, 2005 7:41 AM
Comments

Agree. But Portman and the Bush admin must show an effort to woo Dems before getting the voters to believe the Dems are anti-free trade.

Posted by: AWW at October 19, 2005 8:34 AM

Why? But for the same folks who are attacking W over Miers attacking him over the steel tariffs there'd be no question which party is Free Trade and which opposed.

Posted by: oj at October 19, 2005 8:40 AM
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