Bredesen takes aim at tariffs in new ad

Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen has launched a new ad taking aim at $200 million worth of trade tarrifs going into effect on Monday that caused China to slap $60  billion on retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods including soy beans.

“These tariffs are hurting our farmers and costing us manufacturing jobs. That’s not how you get fair trade,” Bredesen says in the commercial. “You use America’s leverage to open markets, not to close them.”

Here’s the full release from the Bredesen campaign:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bredesen For Senate today released a new TV and digital ad featuring Governor Phil Bredesen discussing concerns about the negative effects the tariffs are having on Tennessee agricultural exports.

The 30-second ad — filmed in a Wilson County soybean field during the current harvest season — comes amid an escalating trade war with China, a top consumer of U.S. and Tennessee soybeans. New U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods take effect today, with China retaliating by slapping $60 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods. Since July 6, 2018, China has been imposing tariffs on American soybeans.

  • Bredesen’s message in the ad: “Soybeans. Tennessee’s largest crop and almost a third of all Tennessee agricultural exports. It’s why, as governor, I listened to our farmers and worked to expand overseas markets. In the Senate, I’ll do the same thing — for all Tennessee products. These tariffs are hurting our farmers and costing us manufacturing jobs. That’s not how you get fair trade. You use America’s leverage to open markets, not to close them.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Tennessee in 2017 harvested nearly 1.7 million acres of soybeans valued at more than $805 million — making soybeans the state’s largest crop. Earlier this summer, the American Soybean Association warned that tariffs against China, amounting to a tax on exports, would cause “serious damage to U.S. farmers.”

Bredesen’s new ad follows his June critique on tariffs filmed at a Tennessee distillery.

11 Responses to Bredesen takes aim at tariffs in new ad

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    You bet, let’s use the same endless negotiating tactics favored by both liberal Democrats and the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and their Republican representatives in Congress that has allowed the Chinese to steal our intellectual property over the years. Better still, let’s talk about ANYTHING other than the fact that Bredesen is a Democrat for the same reason why anyone who is an officeholder or candidate in todays Democratic Party. He is a liberal and he wants to get elected to further liberal policies. If he was a “moderate” he would have left the Democratic Party that is rapidly moving left and join the only party that accommodates moderates, indeed is led by “moderates,” i.e. the Republican Party.

  • Donna Locke says:

    The tariffs are needed and are a necessary consequence of years of bad policies on our government’s part. Balance needs to be restored. This is one area in which I think Trump knows the right course to take, although he tends to get off course.

    • MarLE says:

      I guess Bredesen hasn’t heard that Taxpayers will bail out farmers for their losses. We have 3 high profile categories of industries (to all the others: sorry bout that) that will be protected, steel, coal, and agriculture.

      • James White says:

        MarLE, unfortunately the bailouts are true, but they all are Unconstitutional and should stop !

        • MarLE says:

          Tariffs are a boffo way to raise taxes on the US consumer (half of whom don’t pay Federal Income tax, so big plus there!) and a way to get inflation fires fanned (looking forward to higher CD rates which thanks to the Fed have been held artificially low for too long). So …….what’s not to love. Bring on the 25% tariffs. But let’s be fair and apply them to EVERYTHING!

  • James White says:

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce are fascists. Not surprised they love Marsha ‘Deep State’ Blackburn.
    She is a Big Trade NeoCon and she is a Transatlantic Policy Network member.
    Tariffs are constitutional. The big ‘fair’ trade deals Marsha votes for are Sovereignty destroying pacts that have little to do with trade and much to do with regulations of everything and accountability to unelected world trade group.

  • Susan E Gingrich says:

    Bredesen and his machine are counting the people who only get knowledge through the MSM to believe him and his ads. President Trump has proven time and time again that his ideas and decisions initially opposed by democrats and some republicans are the correct and best ones for the entire country. I’m also personally tired of crappy products from China that leave much to be desired. My biggest fear is the country going backwards, resulting in Obama 2.0 because of more dems being elected.

    • Donna Locke says:

      Susan, Trump’s gut instincts about what is wrong and how to fix it have been good, but unfortunately he has allowed himself to be misled off track too many times on the major moves that must be made. Of course, he has been thwarted as well by bad court decisions and the fools in Congress.

      He’s wrong on Kavanaugh.

      Trump really is our last hope to right our ship to some extent. Our country is in a bigger mess than most Americans realize, and the piper is at the door.

      • MarLE says:

        Marsha wholeheartedly supports Kavanaugh. It seems she is ready to confirm without hearing the testimony of anyone. She is opposed to tariffs. And she supports legal status for Dreamers. As soon as that happens they will be 24/7 agitating against deportation of their parents whom they admire and credit for their good fortune (I hear the children of bank robbers feel the same way). Can you imagine the optics of hysterical Dreamers clinging to their handcuffed parents who refuse to go gently into that deportation night?

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