George W. Bush Discusses The Importance of Free Markets

As President, George W. Bush was a strong proponent of free markets and free trade.  He continues his advocacy today with the George W. Bush Presidential Center. In an interview at last November’s Global Financial Leadership Conference, we asked him for his view on the subject.

“Free markets really is a key component of a free society,” he told us.

In a political environment where protectionism has emerged, he also pointed out the relationship to global trade, adding  “In order to have free markets, it’s also important to have free trade.”

At the Bush Center’s Forum on Leadership April 18 -20, CME Group Chairman and CEO Terry Duffy will lead a panel discussion on the subject of “Nationalism and the Future of Global Markets” with former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Stanford Economics Professor Edward Lazear.

Watch President Bush’s full response to our question in the video above.

Evan Peterson is director of corporate marketing at CME Group and managing editor of OpenMarkets.

Additional Recent Articles in Leaders