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    Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against TPP

    Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against TPP

    She criticized the major trade agreement on Wednesday, saying that too many "unanswered questions" remain.

    Amanda Terkel Senior Political Reporter, The Huffington Post
    Zach CarterSenior Political Economy Reporter, The Huffington Post
    Posted: 10/07/2015 04:06 PM EDT | Edited: 1 minute ago

    WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton came out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Wednesday, breaking with President Barack Obama on the 12-nation trade deal that is set to become a key part of his legacy.

    "As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it," Clinton told Judy Woodruff of PBS "Newshour."

    "I have said from the very beginning that we had to have a trade agreement that would create good American jobs, raise wages and advance our national security. And I still believe that's the high bar we have to meet," she said. "I have been trying to learn as much as I can about the agreement. But I'm worried. I'm worried about currency manipulation not being part of the agreement. We've lost American jobs to the manipulations that countries, particularly in Asia, have engaged in. I'm worried the pharmaceutical companies may have gotten more benefits -- and patients and consumers fewer. I think there are still a lot of unanswered questions."

    Progressives have been pushing Clinton for months to take a position on TPP, since Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), two of her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, came out against it long ago.

    O'Malley criticized Clinton for her foot-dragging shortly after the news broke while speaking with reporters at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute conference.

    "I was against the Trans-Pacific Partnership months and months ago," he said. "I believe we need to stop stumbling backwards into bad trade deals."

    Clinton has said she was waiting to see the final deal before making a decision. In her most recent book, Hard Choices, she spoke out against a key provision of the deal known as "Investor-State Dispute Settlement." That program allows corporations to challenge domestic laws and regulations before an international tribunal.

    "[W]e've learned a lot about trade agreements in the past years. Sometimes they look great on paper," she said Wednesday. "I know when President Obama came into office, he inherited a trade agreement with South Korea. I, along with other members of the Cabinet, pushed hard to get a better agreement. We think we made improvements. Now, looking back on it, it doesn't have the results we thought it would have, in terms of access to the markets, more exports, etc."

    Organized labor, environmental groups and public health experts all strongly oppose the agreement, arguing that it will empower corporate deregulation and send jobs to low-wage countries with poor human rights records, including Vietnam and Malaysia. Doctors Without Borders and other groups maintain that the multiyear monopolies that the deal would grant to pharmaceutical companies will drive up the price of life-saving medicine.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other corporate lobbying groups, meanwhile, strongly support TPP, saying it will boost U.S. exports.

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    According to Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Hillary Clinton has supported the TPP publicly at least 45 times. And even now she's only holding back approval based on "things I'm hearing", which means a) she still supports it b) she knows Bernie Sanders is gaining steam because he opposes it c) she will not veto it, she will sign it as President for the same reason Bill Clinton signed NAFTA and d) she's liar running for President. Furthermore, if it's a done deal before 2017, Obama will sign it, so it means nothing to her to be against it at this point, because she'll have it if she were elected and she will do nothing to undo or stop it.

    Trump who also opposes TPP, because he has opposed every Free Trade Treason Agreement we've ever passed, will do EVERYTHING within his power to undo it, to renegotiate it, to counter-act it, and/or overturn it.

    The key now is to pray like hell the Democrats and a few Republicans in the US Senate will gather enough votes in the Senate to prohibit the 60 votes needed to vote on it, table it, and wait for it to die.
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    Well, some measure of sanity left. So...if it got down to a choice between a GOP supporting the TPP and Ms. Clinton opposing it, who would you vote for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainron View Post
    Well, some measure of sanity left. So...if it got down to a choice between a GOP supporting the TPP and Ms. Clinton opposing it, who would you vote for?
    GOP in Congress already support it, that's why they gave Obama TPA, Trade Promotion Authority, to fast-track the negotiation and completion of the deal. GOP will approve it in the House, I'm sure, so the question is what will happen in the US Senate. Marco Rubio was the deciding vote to approve the TPA for Obama.

    So the question is if Congress approves the TPP, who do you vote for in the race for President? You vote for Trump, because he's the only one who wants to and will do everything in his power to unravel it.
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