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Tariff talks could become a midterm election topic for Mississippi

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Soybeans, cars, lumber...they're all big business in Mississippi. But how much will tariff talks become a part of the midterm elections?

Those Congressional elections are still months away. The hot topics can change a lot in that time span. But the domino effect of the tariffs could also be in play by then.

"I think tariffs could have an impact on the elections this November," said Republican analyst Austin Barbour. "I think they'll be a late impact because with tariffs most people aren't concerned with tariffs until they're concerned with them because the price of goods they purchase start to go up."

Democratic Senate candidate David Baria says he's already getting calls from farmers who are feeling early impacts.

"We're going to make it a part of the midterm elections because they have a negative impact on Mississippians," noted David Baria. "Mississippi doesn't need a rubber stamp in Washington.  We need somebody who's going to stand up to the President and say sir these economic policies are harmful to the people in Mississippi that I represent and therefore I'm not going to go along with it."

Republican analyst Austin Barbour says there's a fine line there.

"You have to be careful if you're Democrats in how far you're willing to go and attack the President on this," said Barbour. "I think you've got to give him an opportunity to see if he's successful on this."

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker doesn't reference the President directly in his statement.

"I have always been a supporter of free and fair trade to expand markets for Mississippi goods and products," said Wicker. "No one wants to see tariffs imposed on our exports. However, we deserve to be treated fairly by our trading partners. It is my hope that we can get these issues resolved very soon in a way that leaves our farmers and other exporters with a better deal and fairer treatment going forward.” 

Fellow Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith expressed concern.

"As a farmer myself, I share the anxiety many of them feel at this time," noted Hyde-Smith. "However, I believe we soon will have a better deal in place, and farmers will benefit from that."

Meanwhile, one of her opponents, Democrat Mike Espy, is posting an invitation for folks to add their name to a list to "stand with Mississippi farmers".

The latest announcement is that the U.S. plans to impose more tariffs on around $200 billion worth of Chinese products. China is planning more counter tariffs.

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