Rubio: TPP ‘Has To Be A Good Deal,’ ‘Reasons To Be Concerned’ About Any Deal Negotiated By Obama

Florida Senator and GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio stated the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “has to be a good deal” and “There are legitimate reasons to be concerned about any deal that’s negotiated by this administration” and that he hasn’t reviewed the deal yet since the deal was only submitted last week on Wednesday’s “Mark Levin Show.”

Rubio said the TPP “has to be the right deal.” He added, “that trade deal was just submitted to Congress last week. We have a ninety day review period. And it has to be a good deal. Just because I’m for free trade doesn’t mean I have to be for every free trade deal. It has to be the right deal for America. I do think it’s critical that we have access to these markets. We’re already a low-tariff country. So, we’re the ones being locked out of Japan, and these other places.”

Rubio also stated that the fact President Obama negotiated the deal is an “issue.” He added that there are concerns that people have over whether it’s a good deal, or a legacy item President Obama rushed through. He re-iterated that he hasn’t reviewed the deal and Congress just got it last week, and it has to be “the right deal for the country.” Rubio concluded that “There are legitimate reasons to be concerned about any deal that’s negotiated by this administration.”

He also stated that while China’s not a part of TPP, “we should be deeply concerned about technology transfers that are happening to China. Some of them are legal. They’re stealing some of them, but some of them are actually happening in the national defense realm.”

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