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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 10, 2004

Fact Sheet: Opening New Markets for America's Workers

Presidential Action

In Cleveland, Ohio the President addressed the Women's Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Forum where he discussed his policies to strengthen the economy and create jobs in America by:

President Bush's top economic priority is the creation of more jobs for American workers. Free and fair trade will help create more higher-paying jobs for American workers by opening new markets for American products and services, bringing lower prices and more choices to American consumers, and attracting foreign companies to invest and hire in the United States.

America is economically stronger when we participate fully in the worldwide economy. When 95% of the potential customers for American products live outside the U.S., America must reject policies that would result in economic isolationism.

For example, in Ohio thousands of workers' jobs depend on trade agreements that enable Ohio-made products to compete in markets around the world. Since the enactment of NAFTA in 1994, Ohio's exports to Mexico have tripled, and last year exports totaled more than two billion dollars. Since the end of 2000, Ohio's exports increased more than any state in the country. Exports are vital to our Nation's economic strength and in 2004, America is selling computer chips to Japan, producing BMWs for export to Germany, and exporting California wine to France.

Background -- Job Creation for America's Workers

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