Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA
December 10, 2019
Trade Works for America, a group aiming to secure passage of President Trump’s trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, launched a new six-figure media buy on Tuesday as a last effort to get the deal across the finish line.
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement deal and President Trump said on Monday that “a lot of strides” had been made towards an agreement.
The White House, House Democrats and labor officials have been negotiating parts of the deal and have indicated that the deal is in its final stages.
“At this point, the ball is on the two-yard line we just need to punch it into the end zone,” Trade Works for America co-chairman Phil Cox, a GOP operative, told The Hill. “I think this could be the extra push that we need. This is in response to the dynamics that we’re seeing in front of us and how close we believe this deal is to getting done.”
The new media buy is part of a multimillion-dollar, nationwide ad campaign to educate workers, job creators and lawmakers about the benefits of the USMCA. The campaign is focused on educating and mobilizing voters outside the D.C.-area.
“We are really focused on 35 or so tier-one House districts. The focus at this point is on constituent activation, not persuasion,” Cox said.
The group has been targeting Democrats in districts that Trump won in 2016 or highly competitive districts in 2020 but, as some Democrats have expressed support for the deal, they have shifted their resources into districts where members haven’t made a public statement of support.