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Sherrod has spent his career fighting on behalf of hardworking Ohioans, consistently proving his willingness to work across the aisle and advocating for trade deals that level the playing field for American workers. On the other hand, Sherrod’s likely opponent, Congressman Jim Renacci, has spent his time in Washington pushing for unfair trade deals that allow corporations to send Ohio jobs overseas.

A new Washington Post article makes the contrast clearer than ever—take a look:

Washington Post – Ohio workers love Trump’s tariffs, and that’s making trouble for the GOP

Erica Werner – April 4, 2018

Key Points:

  • Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is running for re-election partly by touting his support for the president’s trade strategy and trumpeting his longtime opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement and other trade deals Trump rails against.

  • For Brown’s likely Republican opponent, Congressman Jim Renacci, Trump’s trade moves are a growing political headache, forcing the candidate to explain his own past support for trade pacts and his concerns about the tariffs.

  • Brown has a long-established record on the issue—he even wrote a book more than a decade ago called “Myths of Free Trade.”

  • He’s also worked across the aisle, including with Republican Senator Rob Portman, on legislation called the Leveling the Playing Field Act, which aimed to give businesses more recourse to challenge unfair foreign competition.

  • “I don’t know what Renacci’s position’s going to be. I just don’t know. But as you know, Brown and I work together on this stuff,” Portman said, going on to advocate a “nuanced position” on tariffs.

  • Renacci, a four-term House member and former accountant who founded a company that owned and operated nursing homes, has his own track record on trade, but his includes voting for the deals with Colombia and the one with Korea that Trump is now renegotiating.

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