Clinton Comes Out Against Trans- Pacific Partnership

The move aligns her with the more liberal wing of the Democratic party
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2015 4:16 PM CDT

Hillary Clinton announced her opposition to the historically massive Trans-Pacific Partnership Wednesday, further distancing herself from the Obama administration while aligning herself with the more liberal wing of the Democratic party, including primary opponent Bernie Sanders, Politico reports. "As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it,” Clinton tells PBS. “I don’t believe it’s going to meet the high bar I have set." Clinton had previously supported the deal while working for the administration as secretary of state. PBS reports the deal between the US and 11 other countries would remove trade barriers and set labor and environmental standards. It would be the largest regional trade agreement in history.

Clinton tells PBS she opposes the deal because it doesn't address currency manipulation and appears to be better for pharmaceutical companies than patients. Sanders, who Clinton will be debating in a few days, claims the agreement will be bad for American consumers and jobs. The New York Times reports Clinton's position could help her steal liberal and union support from Sanders and distance her from Vice President Biden, who may enter the race. According to Politico, Clinton's announcement is part of a "striking string of disagreements with Obama" over issues like the Keystone XL pipeline and the Affordable Care Act's so-called Cadillac tax. The Trans-Pacific Partnership was completed Monday and still needs to be approved by Congress, PBS reports. (More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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