Trade Deal Must be Defeated
Sen. Bernie Sanders this weekend is stepping up a campaign to defeat a job-killing, 12-nation trade deal.
“Look at whose side multinational corporations are on this. How do the drug companies feel about this? How does Wall Street feel about it? All of the multinationals believe this is a great agreement, for good reasons. They're going to make a whole lot of money out of that,” Sanders said on MSNBC.
Any presidential candidate, Sanders added, should “make it clear that the Trans-Pacific Partnership should be rejected and we must develop trade policies that benefit working families, not just Wall Street and multi-national corporations.” Sanders said. “It is very disappointing that President Barack Obama is on the wrong side of this and that Hillary Clinton has not spoken out strongly in defense of working people on this issue,” Sanders told Ed Schultz.
At a rally near the Capitol earlier in the week, union leaders and environmentalists demonstrated heir opposition to the trade deal. Sanders and other critics said claims used to sell past trade agreements were wrong. “They told us NAFTA was going to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. NAFTA cost us jobs,” Sanders said in the report on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”