CEA’s Shapiro Takes on CNN’s Dobbs
Accepting a challenge issued months ago, CNN host Lou Dobbs had Consumer Electronics Association President/CEO Gary Shapiro as a guest on his show last week, and the two men sparred over free trade. The CEA is for it, while Dobbs, in recent books and on his program, has been outspoken about his opposition to free trade agreements. The debate was contentious, with Shapiro offering, near the end, to have a “real debate” another time.
In the debate, Shapiro argued that free trade has helped America, including the electronics industry- specifically singling out loudspeaker maker Thiel has benefited from the North American Free Trade Agreement. He even pointed out at one point that the camera used on Dobbs’ show is itself not made in the United States.
“Free trade is good for the country, and putting up borders, and putting up walls, is bad,” Shapiro said. Dobbs retorted that 80 percent of electronics are made outside the country.