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No On TPP

- October 7, 2015

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Clinton just came out in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement, which she played a leading role in negotiating as Secretary of State.

As Secretary, Clinton called the deal the "gold standard in trade agreements."

Shifting positions on this trade agreement is the latest in a long line of politically driven reversals on free trade throughout Clinton's career.


Today, Clinton Publicly Opposed The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Saying The Deal Did Not "Meet The High Bar" She Has Set. PBS's JUDY WOODRUFF: "So are you saying that as of today, this is not something you could support?" CLINTON: "What I know about it, as of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it. And there is one other element I want to make, because I think it's important. Trade agreements don't happen in a vacuum, and in order for us to have a competitive economy in the global marketplace, there are things we need to do here at home that help raise wages. And the Republicans have blocked everything President Obama tried to do on that front. So for the larger issues….and then what I know, and again, I don't have the text, we don't yet have all the details, I don't believe it is going to meet the high bar I have set." (PBS's " News Hour," 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)

AS SECRETARY OF STATE, CLINTON TOOK A "LEADING PART" IN DRAFTING THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP, ONCE HAILING THE AGREEMENT AS THE "GOLD STANDARD"

Clinton "Owns" The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Despite Her "Increasing Ambivalence About Its Details." "The deal is one of the most ambitious items left on Barack Obama's White House bucket list. But his former secretary of state owns it too, even though she has expressed increasing ambivalence about its details and could soon disown it outright, as some in her circle have suggested." (Victoria Guida, "Will Hillary Clinton Flip On Trade?" Politico, 10/5/15)

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 Praised The Strong Worker Protections In The TPP And Wanted To "Expedite The Negotiations As Much As Possible." "She also repeatedly lent her support to the Pacific trade initiative at that time, saying she wanted to 'expedite the negotiations as much as possible' and describing the deal as including 'strong protections for workers and the environment.'" (Ken Thomas and Lisa Lerer, "Trade Deal Poses Dilemma For Clinton In Democratic Primary," The Associated Press , 4/28/15)

Clinton In 2012 : "The 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." CLINTON: "So it's fair to say that our economies are entwined, and 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." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Techport Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, 11/15/12)

In 2013, Clinton Thought The TPP Would Help The United States Be Economically "More Creative, Innovative, Open And Transparent." CLINTON: "But I think you're right to point out that in today's world, we have to be more creative, innovative, open and transparent about our economies, because Japan and the United States have comparative advantage. We're high tech, we have highly educated workforces. In order to keep producing jobs and rising incomes, we have to be smart about how we use our economies. So I think the Trans-Pacific Partnership is one way that could really enhance our relationship." (Hillary Clinton,Secretary Clinton Holds A Global Townterview, Washington, D.C., 1/29/13)

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HOWEVER, ONCE A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE , CLINTON CAME OUT AGAINST THE DEAL AND "ALL BUT WAGGED A FINGER" AT OBAMA

Once As An Official Candidate, Clinton "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)

Clinton Has "Presented Herself As A Skeptic" Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership Since Becoming A Presidential Candidate. "Clinton has presented herself as a skeptic of the biggest trade deal in recent history, saying this summer that "we should be prepared to walk away" from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership unless it boosts Americans' wages and national security. But with a deal announced Monday after months of backstage wrangling, she will be under intense pressure to take a stance." (Victoria Guida, "Will Hillary Clinton Flip On Trade?" Politico, 10/5/15)

Clinton Started "Building Support" For Her Candidacy "At The Expense Of The Policies" Obama And Her "Both Pursued In The White House." "But as she pursues the Democratic presidential nomination, Mrs. Clinton is confronting a stark reality: Building support for her candidacy must sometimes come at the expense of Mr. Obama, and sometimes even at the expense of the policies they had both pursued in the White House." (Michael Shear and Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Walks The Line Between Presidential Ally And Aspirant," The New York Times , 6/17/15)

Clinton "All But Wagged A Finger" At Obama As She Declined To Help Him Salvage The Trans-Pacific Partnership. "If there was one moment recently in which President Obama could have used Hillary Rodham Clinton's help, it was on Sunday, as the president scrambled to salvage his trade deal, which had been halted by congressional Democrats. Instead, Mrs. Clinton, now running to replace Mr. Obama, all but wagged a finger at her former boss." (Michael Shear and Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Walks The Line Between Presidential Ally And Aspirant," The New York Times , 6/17/15)

Obama Is "Left Completely In The Lurch" By Clinton's Opposition To His Trade Agenda. "One measure of how dire President Obama's position on trade has become is the short 48-hour span in which he was left completely in the lurch by two of the most powerful figures in Democratic politics: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton." (Paul Kane and David Nakamura, "Clinton And Pelosi Leave Obama In The Lurch On Trade Deals," The Washington Post , 6/15/15)

  • Clinton "Isn't Helping" President Obama Salvage His Free Trade Agenda That Congressional Democrats Are On The "Verge Of Wrecking." "Hillary Clinton isn't helping President Barack Obama salvage a free trade agenda that congressional Democrats are on the verge of wrecking. But she's also not taking a position on the trade promotion authority bill, which is crucial to determining whether the linchpin of Obama's trade effort -- the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership -- ever gets done." (Eric Bradner, "Hillary Clinton Takes A Stand On Trade - Kind Of," CNN, 6/15/15)

Clinton's Former Coworkers At The White House Have Expressed "Frustration" At Her Turn Against The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Obama White House Aides Were "Frustrated" That Clinton "Who Once Championed" The Trade Deal Is Now "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. Over the weekend, one report on CNN documented the 45 times when Mrs. Clinton had expressed robust support for the trade pact, which the president is eager to see passed as part of his foreign policy legacy." (Michael Shear and Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Walks The Line Between Presidential Ally And Aspirant," The New York Times , 6/17/15)

A Senior White House Administration Official Said Clinton Was "One Of The Biggest Backers" Of TPP And That The White House Was "Surprised" By Her Comments. "But a senior administration official told CBS News Correspondent Julianna Goldman that Clinton was one of the biggest backers of TPP and that the White House was surprised by her comments Sunday." (Rebecca Kaplan, "White House Tries To Downplay Clinton Snub On Trade," CBS News, 6/15/15)

Former Top Obama Adviser David Axelrod Said Clinton's Comments "Plainly Weren't Helpful" In Advancing The Trade Deal. "'The fact is, she was there when this thing was launched and she was extolling it when she left,' David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to Mr. Obama, said Tuesday. 'She's in an obvious vise, between the work that she endorsed and was part of and the exigencies of a campaign. Obviously, her comments plainly weren't helpful to moving this forward.'" (Michael Shear and Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Walks The Line Between Presidential Ally And Aspirant," The New York Times , 6/17/15)

  • Axelrod Said Clinton Was "There When This Thing Was Launched" And "Was Extolling It When She Left." "'The fact is, she was there when this thing was launched and she was extolling it when she left,' David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to Mr. Obama, said Tuesday. 'She's in an obvious vise, between the work that she endorsed and was part of and the exigencies of a campaign. Obviously, her comments plainly weren't helpful to moving this forward.'" (Michael Shear and Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Walks The Line Between Presidential Ally And Aspirant," The New York Times , 6/17/15)

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Flipping On Trade Is Just Par For Course When Hillary Starts Campaigning For President

Clinton's Comments On Trade "Echo" A Similar Moment Last Time She Ran For President, When Obama Criticized Her Flip-Flop On NAFTA. "Mrs. Clinton's comments on trade echo a similar moment for her in the 2008 Democratic primary, when she found herself challenged by Mr. Obama about her early support for the North American Free Trade Agreement. Her husband, President Bill Clinton, signed that agreement into law in 1993, but Democratic interest groups had soured on it." (Michael Shear and Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Walks The Line Between Presidential Ally And Aspirant," The New York Times , 6/17/15)

  • Clinton's Shifting Positions On Trade "Illuminate Questions That Continue To Nag Her Candidacy." "Perhaps more than on any other issue, Clinton's positions on trade illuminate questions that continue to nag at her candidacy: What does she really stand for? Will she go to bat for the party's progressive base? Has she really distanced herself from the shadow of her husband's administration?" (Victoria Guida, "Will Hillary Clinton Flip On Trade?" Politico, 10/5/15)

In 2007, Clinton Praised NAFTA In Front Of Free Traders And Slammed NAFTA In Front Of Big Labor. "Appearing before free-trade supporters, she has praised the landmark North American Free Trade Agreement, which is loathed by many unions. But speaking to a union audience as a presidential candidate, Clinton said NAFTA hurt workers." (Peter Nicholas, "Clinton's 2008 Lead Is Clear, Though Her Policies Often Aren't," Los Angeles Times, 10/4/07)

  • In Her Book "Living History," Clinton Praised NAFTA, Calling It An Example Of The Economy "Reaping The Benefits, Not The Burdens Of Globalization." "Creating a free trade zone in North America- the largest free trade zone in the world- would expand U.S. exports, create jobs and ensure that our economy was reaping the benefits, not the burdens of globalization." (Hillary Rodham Clinton, Living History, 2003, p. 182)
  • In 1998, Clinton Praised The Passage Of NAFTA, Pledging To Continue Free Trade Advocacy: "It Is Certainly Clear That We Have Not By Any Means Finished The Job That Has Begun." "At the 1998 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, she praised corporations for mounting 'a very effective business effort in the U.S. on behalf of NAFTA.' She added: 'It is certainly clear that we have not by any means finished the job that has begun.'" (Kristin Jensen and Mark Drajem, "Clinton Breaks With Husband's Legacy On Nafta Pact, China Trade," Bloomberg, 3/30/07)

While Running For President, Clinton Opposed A Free Trade Agreement With Columbia, Pledging To Defeat It And Claiming She'd Do "Everything I Can" To Reject It. "Speaking about the Colombia trade deal at a Washington meeting of the Communications Workers of America union, Clinton proclaimed: 'As I have said for months, I oppose the deal. I have spoken out against the deal, I will vote against the deal, and I will do everything I can to urge the Congress to reject the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.'" ("Clinton Reiterates Opposition To Colombia Trade Pact," Los Angeles Times, 4/9/08)

  • But After The Election, Clinton Supported The Passage Of Free Trade Agreements With Panama And Colombia Saying America "Delivered For Our Friends And Allies." "Following congressional approval of the U.S.-Korea, U.S.-Colombia, and U.S.-Panama trade agreements, Secretary Clinton released a statement: 'The stakes are not just economic. South Korea, Colombia and Panama are three important partners in strategically vital regions. With the passage of these agreements, America has delivered for our friends and allies. I want to thank Presidents Lee, Santos and Martinelli for their patience and willingness to partner with the Obama Administration as these agreements moved through Congress.'" ("Passage Of Colombia, Panama, And South Korea Trade Agreements," U.S. Department Of State's DipNote Blog , 10/13/11)

In 2007 At A AFL-CIO Townhall, Clinton Said She Would Oppose A Free Trade Agreement With South Korea. "Senator Hillary Clinton says she will oppose ratifaction of the U.S. free trade agreement with South Korea. Clinton says the agreement would harm the U.S. automotive industry and put American jobs at risk. 'Trade agreements need to be fair if they're going to work,' the Democratic candidate president said in Detroit, Michigan before a townhall meeting hosted by the AFL-CIO." (Jamie Crawford, "Clinton Says Trade Deal Would Cost U.S. Jobs," CNN's Political Ticker, 6/9/07)

  • But After The Election, Clinton Called The Trade Agreement With South Korea "A Model Agreement" That Signaled The United States And South Korea Were Partners For The Long Term. CLINTON: "We are pursuing new cutting-edge trade deals that raise the standards for fair competition even as they open new markets. President Obama is pursuing Congressional approval of KORUS, together with necessary Trade Adjustment Assistance, as soon as possible. We consider KORUS a model agreement. And the benefits of KORUS extend far beyond the economic bottom line. It represents a powerful strategic bet by signaling that America and South Korea are partners for the long term-economically, diplomatically, and people to people." (Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary Clinton's Speech At The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce In Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 7/25/11)

CLINTON'S ULTIMATE FLIP-FLOP HAS MORE TO DO WITH HEAVY PRESSURE FROM THE PROGRESSIVE LEFT THAN HER OWN VALUES

Clinton Was Well Aware That Her Past Contributions To The Trans-Pacific Partnership Could "Upset Important Democratic Constituencies On The Left." "On the campaign trail, however, Clinton has ducked the issue at every turn, aware that continued support would upset important Democratic constituencies on left, while opposition could undermine her former boss, President Barack Obama." (Jennifer Epstein, "Hillary Clinton Pivots From Big Money To Small Business," Bloomberg , 5/18/15)

Sen. Bernie Sanders Has "Slammed" Clinton For Not Being Clearer On Trade, Said the American People Still Do Not Know Her Position. "…Sen. Bernie Sanders slammed her for not taking a clear position on fast-track trade authority. 'It's not quite clear to me what Secretary Clinton is suggesting,' Sanders (I-Vt.) told reporters here. 'I am doing everything that I can to defeat fast track. . . . I am not clear, nor do I believe the American people are clear, as to what Secretary Clinton's position is. Is she for it or is she against it? Those are your two options. The president is for it. Most Democrats in the Congress are against it.'" (Phillip Rucker and John Wagner, "Sanders Blasts Hillary Clinton On Trade Authority," The Washington Post , 6/14/15)

"Opposition From Labor Unions" Has Driven Most Democrats To Publicly Oppose Fast-Track Authority Needed To Pass The Trans-Pacific Partnership. "That means supporters will need at least some Democratic votes to pass the measure. But opposition from labor unions, who remain powerful in heavily Democratic districts, has persuaded most Democrats to publicly oppose fast-track authority. In the last Congress, 127 Democrats signed a letter opposing TPA in a campaign spearheaded by Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.), and another nine newly elected members signed a similar letter circulated by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) this year." (Reid Wilson, "Obama's Fight For Trade Authority Faces Radically Altered Political Landscape," The Washington Post , 4/22/15)

AFL-CIO President Trumka Had Warned Clinton That They Might Not Endorse Her Candidacy If She Supports The TPP. "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka warned Hillary Clinton that his powerful labor union coalition might not endorse her presidential campaign if she comes out in support of the controversial trade deal making its way through Congress. Trumka first said in an interview with USA Today that it would cost Clinton the enthusiasm of organized labor if she backed the Trans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated by the Obama administration." (Ben Kamisar, "AFL-CIO Leader Warns It Could Sit Out 2016 Fight Over Trade,"The Hill , 5/28/15)


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