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Terry Doubles Down, Says Clinton Will Still Flip-Flop, Back TPP

- July 27, 2016

This Morning, Terry McAuliffe Doubled Down On His Assertion That Clinton Plans To Flip-Flop Back On TPP Once In Office

Today, Terry McAuliffe Doubled Down On His Comments Made Last Night That Hillary Clinton Plans To Support TPP Once Elected President. STEPHANIE RUHLE: "Hillary Clinton's decision to join Sanders in opposing the deal has been a key to winning over a lot of his supporters. But on Tuesday one of her oldest friends, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe said she may flip her position and actually support the deal when and if she wins the White House. NBC's Andrea Mitchell, spoke exclusively with Governor McAuliffe less than one hour ago. She joins me now on the phone. Andrea what did you learn?" ANDREA MITCHELL: "Well, he is not backing down. He is saying, though, that Hillary Clinton would make changes to it before going along with it. but since that is the priority of the president, they're going to proceed and try to get TPP on a lame duck session. Right now I am in the Virginia delegation where the vice presidential running mate is about to be coming out. So let me play you a little bit of McAuliffe sound. And if I am distracted, you'll know it's because we are at a live event right here with Tim Kaine. This is what Terry McAuliffe had to say." GOV. TERRY MCAULIFFE (CLIP): "Let me be very clear she will only go forward if the changes she wants are implemented, that everyone is in agreement, the labor folks are in agreement. She's not going forward as it is today. So unless the changes are made she's not for it. President Obama does want this, as you know." RUHLE: "So for you, it doesn't seem like there's a lot of wiggle room. Terry almost sounds like he's doubling down." MITCHELL: "It is definitely doubling down and indicating that is the policy." ( MSNBC, 7/27/16)

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In An Interview Last Night, McAuliffe, A "Longtime Best Friend To The Clintons," Blatantly Predicted Clinton Would Support The TPP If Elected President

In An Interview Last Night, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, "Longtime Best Friend To The Clintons," Said He "Believes Hillary Clinton Will Support The TPP Trade Deal If Elected President." "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, longtime best friend to the Clintons, said Tuesday that he believes Hillary Clinton will support the TPP trade deal if elected president, with some tweaks." (Annie Karni, "Clinton Friend McAuliffe Says Clinton Will Flip On TPP, Then Walks It Back," Politico, 7/26/16)

  • McAuliffe: "Once The Election's Over, And We Sit Down On Trade" I Expect Clinton Will Support TPP. "'I worry that if we don't do TPP, at some point China's going to break the rules -- but Hillary understands this," he said in an interview after his speech on the main stage at the Democratic National Convention. 'Once the election's over, and we sit down on trade, people understand a couple things we want to fix on it but going forward we got to build a global economy.' Pressed on whether Clinton would turn around and support the trade deal she opposed during the heat of the primary fight against Bernie Sanders, McAuliffe said: 'Yes. Listen, she was in support of it. There were specific things in it she wants fixed.'" (Annie Karni, "Clinton Friend McAuliffe Says Clinton Will Flip On TPP, Then Walks It Back," Politico, 7/26/16)

The Clinton Campaign Immediately Pushed Back Against McAuliffe's Declaration

Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta: "Love Gov. McAuliffe, But He Got This One Flat Wrong. Hillary Opposes TPP BEFORE And AFTER The Election. Period. Full Stop." (Twitter.com, 7/26/16)

FLASHBACK: Clinton Once Hailed The TPP As The "Gold Standard" In Trade Agreements

As Secretary Of State In November 2012, Clinton Called TPP The "Gold Standard" In Trade Agreements, Saying It Includes "Strong Protections For Workers." 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)

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