During the 2016 presidential campaign, the Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, told voters she doesn’t support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But during a speech she gave in Australia back in November 2012 Hillary praised the TPP calling it the “gold standard in trade agreements.” You can watch Hillary refer to the TPP as “the gold standard in trade agreements” in the following video:
Transcript of the video:
So it’s fair to say that our economies are entwined, and we need to keep upping our game both bilaterally and with partners across the region through agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP. Australia is a critical partner. This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field. And when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world’s total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment.
It’s worse than that. As Secretary of State, Hillary “expressed support” for the TPP “in at least 45 public speeches.”
Hillary has had difficulty maintaining a consistent position on international trade. After saying she would oppose the Korea deal, Hillary, in convincing Congress to ratify the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement in 2011 said it was one of her “top priorities.” Similarly, after saying she would oppose the Columbia deal Hillary said in 2011, “We are absolutely committed to passing the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.” And as Donald Trump reminds us, foreign backers of the deal paid Bill Clinton $800,000 for speeches.
So it’s not at all surprising that the good folks at the Republican National Committee launched an ad today taking Hilary to task for her prevarications about trade deals. You can watch the new ad below:
Like the ad says:
- Give me a break.
- Isn’t this exactly what people hate about politicians?
- You can’t remember what side she is on because she keeps switching.
- Liar, Dishonest and Untrustworthy.
As the Washington Post’s Editorial put it, “Ms. Clinton’s dash for the tall grass is transparently inconsistent with the position she embraced as Mr. Obama’s secretary of state. . . . Indeed, given this well-known record, her avoidance now rather insults the electorate’s intelligence.”