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Arizona senator launches pro-NAFTA campaign, seeks local feedback

PHOENIX — An Arizona senator has launched a campaign to highlight the positive role the North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — plays in daily life.

“If you’re an Arizonan who runs a family business, farms a field, works at a Fortune 500 company or even shops at the grocery store, odds are NAFTA’s had a positive economic impact on your life,” U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said in a press release announcing the campaign.

NAFTA has been in President Donald Trump’s crosshairs since the campaign. He said numerous times that he would remove the United States from the agreement with Mexico and Canada, but has since altered his stance and said he wants to renegotiate the deal.

Flake said his NAFTA4AZ campaign is designed to ensure the administration takes Arizona — and its economic relationship with Mexico — into account during any renegotiation of the trade deal.

“While Arizona has much to gain from modernizing and strengthening NAFTA, it is important that the administration hears from Arizonans on cross-border trade’s critical role in supporting jobs, opportunity, and economic growth in our state,” he said.

In the video above, Flake said trade with Mexico supports about 100,00 jobs in Arizona and Mexican shoppers spend about $8 million per day in the state. The senator said it is important Trump’s administration hears from those who would be most affected by changes in trade policy.

“The personal stories, ideas, and comments shared through NAFTA4AZ will be essential as the debate over NAFTA unfolds,” he said. “With the future of our economy and so many Arizona jobs on the line, I urge Arizonans to take advantage of this opportunity to make their voices heard.”

NAFTA feedback can be submitted on Flake’s U.S. Senate website.

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