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Congressman Messer debate position on trade a flip-flop from his long history of support for bad trade deals

INDIANAPOLIS – Congressman Messer unveiled a new position on trade during last month’s primary debate, but there are plenty of moments to remind voters that his debate performance was a dramatic departure from consistent support for bad trade deals that rig the system against Hoosier workers.

Before his biggest campaign audience yet, Congressman Messer came out in support of similar trade stances to the president in the first GOP debate, supporting Trump’s stance of “smart trade” and “free trade that is fair trade.”

That stance was a new position, however, that is radically opposed to much of Congressman Messer’s actual record. As early as 2012, Congressman Messer was on the record supporting free trade agreements with China, telling the Muncie Star-Press that “the No. 1 problem with China is we do not have a free trade agreement with China.”

As recently as 2017, that stance hadn’t changed. After an interview with the Shelbyville News, Congressman Messer expressed support for more free trade deals.

It seems that everyone is aware of Congressman Messer’s flip-flop, even Congressman Messer himself. At the debate, Congressman Messer admitted his new position was a reversal of his longstanding stance, and he was changing it to better fit the political environment.

This release is part of Trade Madness, a three-week long series in which the IDP is highlighting Congressmen Messer’s and Rokita’s and Rep. Braun’s mad record of supporting disastrous trade deals and policies that make it easier to ship Hoosier jobs overseas.

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