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Clinton Has Flip-Flopped On The Obama Trade Deal

- October 11, 2015

As Secretary Of State, Clinton Took "A Leading Part In Drafting The Trans-Pacific Partnership." "She's pressed the case for U.S. business in Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and other countries in China's shadow. She's also taken a leading part in drafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade pact that would give U.S. companies a leg up on their Chinese competitors." (Elizabeth Dwoskin and Indira Laksmanan, "How Hillary Clinton Created A U.S. Business-Promotion Machine," Bloomberg, 1/10/13)

  • Clinton Had Declared That The Trans-Pacific Partnership "Sets The Gold Standard In Trade Agreements." " ...we need to keep upping our game both bilaterally and with partners across the region through agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP. Australia is a critical partner. This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field. And when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world's total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment." (Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton, Remarks at Techport Australia , 11/15/12)

However, Clinton As A Candidate Has "Aligned Herself" With "Congressional Liberals" And Called Their Rebuke Of Obama's Trade Pact "Valid." "In a speech in Iowa, Mrs. Clinton aligned herself with the party's congressional liberals, saying their concerns about free trade were valid and that President Barack Obama, who is pushing for the trade pact, should work 'to make sure we get the best, strongest deal possible.'" (Peter Nicholas, "Hillary Clinton's Silence On Trade Proved To Be Untenable," The Wall Street Journal, 6/14/15)

  • Obama White House Aides Are "Frustrated" That Clinton "Who Once Championed" The Trade Deal Has Been "Distancing Herself" From It. "Her comments irked some White House aides, who were still stung by the setback on Capitol Hill and frustrated that Mrs. Clinton, who once championed the president's trade agenda, was now distancing herself from it." (Michael Shear and Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Walks The Line Between Presidential Ally And Aspirant," The New York Times , 6/17/15)

"After Months Of Delicately Avoiding Expressing An Opinion," Clinton Publicly Opposed The TPP To "Appease Democratic Voters And Labor Unions." "After months of delicately avoiding expressing an opinion on the controversial trade deal, Mrs. Clinton said the agreement in its current form did not meet her high bar for protecting American workers, the environment and advancing national security… But while Mrs. Clinton's opposition to the trade pact could do much to appease Democratic voters and labor unions that have seized on the deal as a symbol for the perils of globalization, her decision to repudiate a major legislative goal of Mr. Obama's - one she initially supported - carries significant political risks." (Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Opposes Obama's Trade-Pacific Trade Deal," The New York Times , 10/7/15)

  • Washington Post Headline: "Hillary Clinton's TPP Opposition Shows Just How Worried She Is About Bernie Sanders." (Chris Cillizza, "Hillary Clinton's TPP Opposition Shows Just How Worried She Is About Bernie Sanders," The Washington Post , 10/7/15)

Opposing The Deal Has Opened Clinton Up To "Charges Of Flip-Flopping" Since She "Pushed The Deal" As Secretary Of State." "But opposing the deal is also a problem because it opens her to charges of flip-flopping. As secretary of state, she pushed the deal as a central component of the pivot to Asia, say former administration officials." (Victoria Guida, "Will Hillary Clinton Flip On Trade?" Politico, 10/5/15)


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