Hillary Clinton TPP Trans-Pacific Partnership

Hillary Clinton TPP Trans-Pacific Partnership



Hillary Clinton’s stand on NAFTA and the TPP: It’s complicated, and evolving. cough cough

When it comes to trade talk, it’s a potential minefield for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Let’s start with NAFTA — the North American Free Trade Agreement — which set up a free trade zone between Canada, Mexico and the US. That was negotiated by President George H.W. Bush and signed into law in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.

The vast majority of economists say NAFTA has benefited the US economy. But try telling that to autoworkers in places like Ypsilanti, Michigan, who have seen factories and jobs moved to Mexico. Debates still rage 22 years later about the economic pros and cons of NAFTA. But what’s very clear: Popular opinion in the US is strongly against the trade agreement.

As first lady, Hillary Clinton championed NAFTA, after all it was one of the crowning achievements of her husband’s presidential administration. Then as a US senator from New York, and as a presidential candidate, she backed away and criticized the deal, saying NAFTA “had not lived up to its promises.”

Presidential candidate Barack Obama used Clinton’s evolving positions against her over and over in the 2008 presidential debates, scoring political points and backing Clinton into a corner. Clinton fought back, but came off to many as a flip flopper.

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