Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia University | March 4, 2008
In recent years, the Democratic Party has tended to gravitate towards protectionism. ++ The denigration of freer trade is characteristic of Democratic candidates during the primaries. ++ Obama's trade policy credentials however, suggest he is likely to be a friendlier president to multilateral free trade. ++ "Hope," "change" and an international outlook are incompatible with protectionism.