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Jeb Bush: Hillary's Tepid Support for Trade Deal 'Conveniently Timed'

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 06:05 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush criticized former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her tepid support for the trade deal being negotiated in Congress that is supported by President Barack Obama.

In New Hampshire on Tuesday, Clinton was asked about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, but she would not take a clear stance on the matter that is dividing the Democratic Party, The Washington Post is reporting.

"Any trade deal has to produce jobs and raise wages and increase prosperity and protect our security," the presidential hopeful said.

According to Politico, Clinton was intimately involved with the deal during her tenure at the State Department and in 2012 said that the proposed deal is "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."

Bush addressed Clinton's apparent "cooled . . . enthusiasm" for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in an opinion piece for the website Medium on Wednesday.

"Last week . . . Sec. Clinton’s campaign said trade agreements have to pass fresh tests and even greater scrutiny  —  and among the issues she raised were elements like currency manipulation that the Obama Administration have said were 'poison pills' that would kill the negotiation. So much for the gold standard," the Florida Republican wrote.

"These new reservations are conveniently timed," he said, adding that "Sec. Clinton wavered on support for trade the last time she ran for President as well.

"It seems Secretary Clinton thinks we have a short memory," Bush contends.

The Republican presidential hopeful says that he has "no problem supporting TPP," and that for Clinton to express such weak support for the deal at this point in the negotiations "sends a terrible signal . . . for Sec. Clinton to pull the rug out from under our allies for a short-term political gain."

Obama wants congressional approval for "fast track" authority to use when it comes to large-scale trade agreements with 12 countries in the Asian-Pacific region and Europe. He contends that such authority would make agreements easier to execute so that trade partners do not have to worry that Congress will change the final terms.

The deal is supported by Republican lawmakers, but several Democrats oppose the deal out of fear that it will lead to the outsourcing of jobs.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush criticized former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her tepid support for the trade deal being negotiated in Congress that is supported by President Barack Obama.
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