The Vermont senator sought to blame the resulting job losses on Clinton’s varied support for trade deals, dating back to the North American Free Trade Agreement forged by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.“I voted in complete opposition to every one of these disastrous trade agreements,” Sanders said.“Secretary Clinton voted for virtually all of them.”Sanders acknowledged “trade is not a sexy issue.”But the self-described democratic socialist sought to link free trade agreements to his overall campaign theme that the American economy is rigged in the favor of corporations and Wall Street banking interests that are friendlier to Clinton than him.“Everybody who had half a brain understood what these trade agreements were about,” said Sanders, whose campaign has labeled Clinton “outsourcer-in-chief.”Sanders’ criticism of Clinton on trade agreements is likely to play out Sunday night in their televised debate at The Whiting Auditorium in Flint.“I thought he came out pretty strong on that tonight,” said Dennis Costello, 60, of Grosse Pointe, who attended the Sanders rally in Warren.In 2012, Clinton called the TPP trade pact linking the economies of countries from Canada to Chile and across the Pacific Ocean to Japan “the gold standard in trade agreements to open, free, transparent, fair trade,” according to published reports.“It’s not really fair to ascribe NAFTA to her when it was her husband’s administration,” Granholm said in a telephone interview with The Detroit News.“And, of course, it’s not really fair to ascribe TPP to her when it was her boss’s administration.Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks to guests during a rally at Macomb Community College on March 5, 2016 in Warren, Michigan.
Hillary Clinton originally supported the concept of TPP as Obama’s Secretary of State, but came out against the deal last year as a candidate for president.
Sanders has insinuated Hillary Clinton shares in the blame for NAFTA and TPP as part of his larger campaign against corporate America and Wall Street banking interests in the Democratic presidential primaries.
— Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday honed his criticism of rival Hillary Clinton’s support for “disastrous” international trade agreements in a speech seeking to appeal to Macomb County voters who work in the manufacturing industry.
Speaking at a Saturday night campaign rally at Macomb Community College, Sanders said Michigan has been “continually hard hit” by the country’s diminishing manufacturing production over a period of three decades following trade agreements with Mexico, China, South Korea and other countries with lower standards of living.
She can’t go against somebody who she worked for.”As a U. senator from New York, Clinton voted against the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) forged by Republican President George W.