Campaign Trail Foreshadows Election Year Spotlight on Trade

By Alex Yeager

As the final candidates on both sides of the aisle march through spring primaries, international trade has rapidly become a hot-button issue.  Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed anti-free trade sentiments, and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has been adamant about increasing protectionist measures in the U.S. economy.  The focus comes arguably at a strange time, with large proportions of Americans expressing pro-free trade sentiments and employment levels at roughly decade highs.