On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) demanded that Hillary Clinton speak out against Obamatrade “right now” and said he was offended that the former secretary of state has not even taken a position on the issue.
“If she’s against this, we need her to speak out right now. Right now,” Sanders reportedly said at Christian Science Monitor breakfast. “I don’t understand how any candidate, Democrat or Republican, is not speaking out on that issue.”
Sanders was reportedly asked if he was offended by Clinton’s silence on Obamatrade, and he responded, “yes, it does,” according to Bloomberg News.
As Breitbart News noted, “though Clinton campaign officials have said she is still deciding whether to support Obamatrade, Clinton, whose husband ushered in NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), once called the TPP the ‘gold standard in trade agreements.'”
Sanders has made Obamatrade a central focus of his campaign against Clinton.
“Hillary Clinton can be for the trade agreement — the president is. She can be against the trade agreement — I am, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is, many of us are. I just don’t know how you don’t have an opinion on this enormously important issue, which is her view,” Sanders said in New Hampshire the day after his campaign kickoff event last month.
At a Wisconsin Democratic Party straw poll over the weekend, Clinton failed to get a majority of the vote, winning 49% to Sanders’s 41% in what may be a sign that Big Labor may be souring on Clinton for refusing to oppose Obamatrade.
Obamatrade has united the grassroots on the left and right against the establishments on both sides of the aisle. The Senate approved Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) last month, and the House will vote on the deal on Friday, which would enable the administration to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP’s “living agreement” would erode U.S. sovereignty and even allow the country’s immigration laws to be potentially altered without the approval of the U.S. Congress and with only a two-thirds vote of the deal’s member nations. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) have reportedly been working with the Obama administration to try to secure enough votes to give Obama his TPA.