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mbassador Susan C. Schwab, UST
WITA Dinner and Award Ceremony
16 July 2008
Rob Portman: I really appreciate your having me here tonight.
When I first heard that I was invited to the Trade Prom, I was
pretty excited. Finally to get that powder blue tux out of the
closet. [Laughter]. It’s been in there since high school, and I
was thinking this is pretty cool. Then Cal informed me that
wasn’t the kind of prom we’re talking about tonight. Instead
what it is, it’s a party, a gathering, a celebration of those of
us who do believe in the power of open borders. And we believe
in it because we believe in the hope and the economic opportunity
that results. It’s really fun to be at that prom and I know
there’s going to be continual celebrations long after the
Let’s celebrate. But let’s also be very cognizant of the fact
that while we’re celebrating our successes and celebrating the
fact that in our hearts we know this is the right direction for
our great country, and in fact for the global economy, there are
serious headwinds out there. Tonight I have the great honor of
introducing a person who is fighting those head winds every day.
She is the former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. As a result,
I got to see her in action, and she is an incredible negotiator.
A very tough negotiator.
Tonight I was given credit by somebody at an earlier event for
resolving the Canadian softwood dispute. Who was involved in
that? You don’t even want to raise your hand probably.
[Laughter]. Twenty-four years of pain. The fact is, that was
Some of you are pleased with the commercial aspects of the
Colombian Free Trade Agreement, and perhaps you were of the
Peruvian Free Trade Agreement. The tough negotiator there who
went toe to toe with the leaders of those countries as well as
their trade negotiators was Susan Schwab. She did a terrific j