Skepticism grows as free trade touted

Oct 11, 2007 | 10:21 AM | Rory Carroll

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez and U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab met with Baltimore port and business leaders to tout the importance of exports and jobs, even as a new poll shows a growing skepticism among voters about free trade.

"One of the best places to see trade at work is here at the Port of Baltimore," Gutierrez said. "Over 128,000 jobs are linked to the port—$2.4 billion in wages and salaries generated. It's an engine that drives growth in Baltimore and (elsewhere throughout) America."....

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