Alliance for American Manufacturing Urges Presidential Candidates to Hold China Accountable for Job Loss

April 9, 2008
Group says trade deficit costing 15,640 Pennsylvania jobs per year

With jobless claims at a two year high, and the economy the top concern for voters in the tightening Pennsylvania race, the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) launched a statewide advertising and grassroots campaign today focusing on Pennsylvania job losses. The ad campaign -- "China Cheats. Pennsylvania Loses." -- urges the presidential candidates to hold China accountable for its unfair international trade practices that result in Pennsylvania job losses.

The campaign will run through the April 22nd Pennsylvania primary and continue in Indiana and North Carolina.

"China is a major contributor to today's economic woes," said AAM Director Scott Paul.""China cheats, and Pennsylvania loses. From toxic toys to nonexistent environmental standards, China continues to demonstrate that it's not playing by the same rules as everyone else. Pennsylvanians have lost over 78,000 jobs since 2001 as a result of the trade deficit with China. We've heard about Iraq, NAFTA, health care, and home mortgages, but we have yet to hear any of the candidates clearly commit to solving the China crisis."

The "China Cheats" ads will appear in seven media markets across the state, including: Allentown, Altoona, Erie, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. The ads can be viewed at:

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