Candidates for the 4th Congressional District are weighing in on the economy.
The GDP grew more than four percent in the second quarter and jobs have also been on the rise.
Democratic hopefuls Laura Lombard and James Thompson spoke with KSN reporter Tiffany Lane about whether they see this trend continuing.
“I don’t think it’s sustainable if we continue on with the current tariffs,” said Thompson. “I think that the tariffs are going to hurt our economy a great deal.”
“They’re hurting us with our allies. They are alienating us from our trade partners,” added Lombard. “So they’re starting to look at other markets.”
Candidates Laura Lombard and James Thompson think the administration needs to take a different route when it comes to tariffs.
They used the current trade environment with China as an example, especially with the impact they believe it has on Kansans.
“All the different tariffs that they’ve now put on us, that means that all of us, all of a sudden at Walmart you’re going to see prices start jumping up,” said Lombard.
“Two of our main jobs that we have here are going to be farmers and manufacturing,” said Thompson. “And those need to be protected. And right now those tariffs are going to be hitting those.”
Lombard and Thompson both say there are other ways tariffs can be used.
“I would use an example of direct sanctions on companies,” said Lombard. “So for instance, with ZTE, which is the Chinese company that violated some sanctions not too long ago.”
“Targeting specific companies, rather than whole countries for tariffs on maybe a product but not an entire country’s products,” added Thompson.
When it comes to adding jobs, both candidates say they already have a plan.
“I think the first thing we got to do is work on infrastructure,” said Thompson. “The infrastructure in this country is decimated. We need to invest, not just billions, but trillions of dollars back into our economy.”
“I’m really looking at diversifying our economy,” added Lombard. “And one of the areas that i think Kansas would be very strong in is renewable energy.”
Thursday on KSN News, Tiffany sits down with Congressman Ron Estes and Congressional candidate Ron Estes, to hear their take on the U.S. economy.