Hillary Clinton is generally considered the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, but support for her run hasn’t been universal.
Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont raised some serious questions about the former secretary of state’s policies on trade. Sanders was at a protest against trade promotional authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would increase the economic exchange between the U.S. and Asia, outside of U.S. Trade Representative's Office when he told CNN reporters that Clinton would need to make her policies more transparent.
"She's going to have to be clear. It's not a question of watching this. You're going to have determine which side are you on? Are you on the side of working people who would suffer as a result of this disastrous trade agreement, and seeing their jobs go to China or Mexico, or are you on the side of corporate America? It's not a very difficult choice," Sanders said.
In an statement to the New York Times given by Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill on Friday, Clinton apparently might not support the TPP, although she did prior to announcing her run. “Hillary Clinton believes that any new trade measure has to pass two tests,” Merrill said.
“First, it should put us in a position to protect American workers, raise wages and create more good jobs at home. Second, it must also strengthen our national security. We should be willing to walk away from any outcome that falls short of these tests. The goal is greater prosperity and security for American families, not trade for trade’s sake.”
President Barack Obama supports the TPP, although he acknowledged the controversy surrounding the agreement. "The politics around trade has always been tough, particularly in the Democratic party, because people have memories of outsourcing and job loss," Obama said.
Sanders was nonchalant abut Obama’s support. "It's disappointing but not surprising,” Sanders said.