Bernie Sanders Takes Swipe at Hillary Clinton over Trade Policy

AP Photo/John Locher
AP Photo/John Locher
Washington, DC

Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders took a shot at presumed Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton during a protest outside the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office on Monday.

According to CNN, the protest was aimed at Barack Obama’s “proposals for fast-track trade promotional authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” Sanders wants Hillary “to be clear” where she stands on the policy. The policy is designed to open up new markets in Asia.

“We want a congress that stands … not for corporate America and the billionaire class,” he said. Hillary is “going to have to be clear. It’s not a question of watching this. You’re going to have determine which side are you on? Are you on the side of working people who would suffer as a result of this disastrous trade agreement, and seeing their jobs go to China or Mexico, or are you on the side of corporate America? It’s not a very difficult choice,” added Sanders per CNN.

In fact, it’s not entirely clear where she does stand, as is the case on many issues with the Democratic presidential candidate.

Clinton’s critics have seized on comments the Secretary of State made in 2012 when she touted the Trans-Pacific Agreement during an official trip to Australia.

“We need to keep upping our game both bilaterally and with partners across the region through agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP,” Clinton said then.

But in a nod to anxiety in the Democratic party base to such agreements, Clinton has sounded less enthusiastic about Obama’s trade proposals.