Vice President Mike Pence emphasizes the administration’s backing for “free and fair trade,” then warns that Mr. Biden would remove the Trump tariffs on imports—essentially trade barriers meant to put pressure on China and bring manufacturing back to the U.S.
“Joe Biden wants to go back to the economic surrender with China,” Mr. Pence said. “And Joe Biden wants to repeal all of the tariffs that President Trump put into effect to fight for American jobs and workers. The American economy and comeback is on the ballot.”
In fact, Mr. Pence has long backed free trade in Indiana, where he served as governor, and in Congress. But Mr. Trump has leaned on tariffs as a tool for negotiating what he sees as fairer trading arrangements and as ways to protect U.S. industry from overseas competition.
Under former President Obama, Mr. Biden backed trade liberalization, including the unratified Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Mr. Trump exited soon after taking office.
Ms. Harris was one of just 10 senators to vote against the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the deal negotiated by the Trump administration and modified by House Democrats, which this summer replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement, or Nafta. The reason? Concerns that the deal didn’t go far enough on the environment and didn’t address climate change.