The next four years provide dramatic opportunities for trade liberalization across the Pacific and the Atlantic. Barack Obama will use those opportunities to build a durable bipartisan consensus on trade. Mitt Romney won't.
Mitt Romney says that he wants more trade with Latin America. How? By negotiating new trade agreements in the region. With which countries, exactly? He doesn't say, and frankly it's difficult to name a likely candidate.
Mitt Romney has certainly been making some pleasant noises about fixing America's trade mess, whose $500 billion a year deficit is probably the biggest unsung reason our economy isn't turning around. But does he really mean what he says?