Hillary Clinton has just announced her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership:
Just days after the U.S. and 11 nations released a monumental trade deal that still faces a fight in Congress, Hillary Clinton says she does not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Speaking with Judy Woodruff Wednesday, the Democratic presidential candidate said that as of today, given what she knows of the deal, it does not meet her bar for creating jobs, raising wages for Americans and advancing national security.
Speaking at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, as part of a two-day swing through the leadoff caucus state, Clinton said that she’s worried “about currency manipulation not being part of the agreement” and that “pharmaceutical companies may have gotten more benefits and patients fewer.”
“As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it,” Clinton said, later adding, “I don’t believe it’s going to meet the high bar I have set.”While this does take away some key ammunition from her biggest rival for the nomination, it's yet another notable break with her former boss:
By coming out against the deal, Clinton sides with labor unions as well as Sanders. And her stance puts her in stark opposition with the White House — and Vice President Joe Biden, who could still challenge her in the coming days — once again.
It’s just the latest in a growing list of Clinton's breaks with her former boss. After months of refusing to answer questions about the Keystone XL pipeline — which is still under White House review — Clinton came out against its construction for environmental reasons just last month. Shortly thereafter, she announced her opposition to the so-called Cadillac tax on expensive health care benefits that is part of the Affordable Care Act.
And in recent weeks she has also pledged to go further than the White House on immigration reform and gun control regulations — other domestic policy issues that align her with the liberals pressuring her.With this announcement, Hillary Clinton just pulled the rug out from under one of the biggest left-flank talking points against her...and took another giant step closer to winning the Democratic nomination.
UPDATE: See Hillary's statement on TPP below (click on the image for full-size version):