According to a tweet from Dan Merica at CNN, he asked Hillary if she plans on lobbying against the TPP while Congress mulls putting it up for a vote. Her response was that she will, “State my position,” but not actively lobby against it.
Is this the kind of leadership we should expect from the potential Democratic nominee? To me, if she truly wants to embody the role as a leader on the left (and a so called Progressive) she would not only be lobbying against this crappy “trade” deal now before a potential vote, but she would have also stated her opposition and lobbied against it before the Fast Track vote earlier this summer. Alas, we were disappointed then as well, and it passed. I believe if Hillary voiced her opposition during this crucial vote we would not have seen 28 Democrats voting for Fast Track, and it would have failed.
This is simply another reason why I can’t vote for her, in the primary or general election. Hillary Clinton is not trustworthy. This trade deal will completely gut the middle class while benefiting only the top 10% in the US if it passes. I don’t believe Hillary has truly opposed this deal either. Again, she demonstrated excellent political calculus in saying that she “doesn’t support it in it’s present form.” What exactly does she not like about it? Does this mean she will change her opinion once (if) she is elected?
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