TRUMP, GOP MERGE VIEWS ON TRADE

The Republican Party appears to be taking some of the bite out of Donald Trump’s fiercest trade criticism, crafting a platform closer to its traditional trade views but taking a neutral position on President Barack Obama’s signature trade achievement, the TPP. [Megan Cassella| July 12, 2016 | Politico]  “It’s always better to have calm words…

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Why Hillary Clinton’s Judgement on Indefensible NAFTA is likely to ultimately Sink her in 2016, just like it did in 2008

Barack Obama, the Anti-NAFTA Democratic Candidate, sunk in Hillary Clinton in 2008. A recent Poll shows unaffiliated voters by a 52% to 24% margin think NAFTA needs to be renegotiated and voters overall are more critical of U.S. free trade agreements than voters eight years ago. [Hugh Campbell| July 9, 2016 |OpedNews]  In general, men…

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Bernie Sanders Allies Lose a Fight Over Democrats’ Stance on Trade

Amid boos from the sidelines, allies of Hillary Clinton and President Obama on Saturday beat back an effort by the Bernie Sanders campaign to have the Democratic Party officially oppose a congressional vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. [Patrick Healy| July 9, 2016 |The New York Times]  At a sometimes-raucous meeting in Orlando, Fla., of the party’s platform committee, which is drawing…

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PORTMAN PIGGYBACKS ON TRUMP:

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman invoked Trump’s ubiquitous Twitter feed in signaling his approval for the Republican presidential candidate’s get-tough-on-China trade policy. The former U.S. Trade Representative has taken a defensive stance on trade, including opposition to the TPP, as he tries to retain his seat in a state not too fond of free-trade agreements. [Adam…

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