As Republican Donald Trump continually bashes the trade deals the United States finds itself in, Hillary Clinton often has no response for his criticisms.
The Atlantic examines the topic of trade deals and why Clinton, a Democrat, seems unable — or unwilling — to defend them. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, signed NAFTA in 1994. At each of the three presidential debates, Trump has called NAFTA, in some form or another, the worst trade deal in history.
The Atlantic's Ronald Brownstein cites people from the Clinton administration who said Hillary Clinton was never overly enthused about NAFTA. That could explain why her responses to Trump's criticisms are generally weak and empty.
An annual survey by the The Chicago Council on Global Affairs found that more Democrats than Republicans — 74 percent to 59 percent — believe the globalization of the U.S. economy is mostly good for America.
That's a change from 2004, when members of both parties were about even in their view on the subject.
There's also the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a controversial trade deal the U.S. entered with Pacific rim countries earlier this year. Trump is against it, saying it will kill U.S. jobs. Clinton has flip-flopped on it, but now says she opposes the deal.
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