Chamber of Commerce Lobbyist Tom Donohue: Clinton Will Support TPP After Election

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In an interview from Davos with Bloomberg TV on January 20, Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue, a top lobbyist for the pro-corporate-power Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP] agreement, assured viewers that if Hillary Clinton wins the Presidential election, Clinton will support the TPP, even though she opposes it now.

[Robert Naiman| January, 28 2016 | Huffington Post Politics]

Reporting on the interview, Inside U.S. Trade noted

The Chamber president said he expected Hillary Clinton would ultimately support the TPP if she becomes the Democratic nominee for president and is elected. He argued that she has publicly opposed the deal chiefly because her main challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), has also done so. "If she were to get nominated, if she were to be elected, I have a hunch that what runs in the family is you get a little practical if you ever get the job," he said.

Donohue also said TPP will not be voted on prior to the election because Senate Republicans do not want to do anything that could jeopardize Republican Senators in close races. But he said he believed there was a 75 percent chance that TPP would get done in the lame-duck session after the election.

In 2012, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was pilloried when a senior campaign adviser suggested that Romney would "hit a reset button" after the primary was over. "It's almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again."

But now TPP lobbyist Tom Donohue is saying there's going to be an "Etch a Sketch" on the TPP after the general election in November.

Don't voters have the right to know now what Democratic and Republican politicians will do on the TPP after the election, yes or no? If you agree, you can tell your representatives in Congress so here.

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  • commented 2016-02-02 08:07:00 -0500
    We cannot afford more corporate power, greed and middle class wage inequality abuses from the Chamber of Commerce and HCR sell outs and flip flops. We need the Glass-Steagall law reinstated . We need citizen united enacted to provide transparency of big money contributors in election reform. We need a “Balanced Trade Agenda” with variable rate tariffs that includes currency manipulation, intellectual property, environmental and human rights reforms. We need to use the MIT economic forecasting data to remove many false economic assumptions. We should set the standard in trade for the rest of the world to follow. not being led into more of the same “free trade” deals that will take away our sovereignty as a nation. Remember “Free Trade” is a corporate code word for one way trade. We need strong senate and congress leadership on trade that refuse to be bought off buy big corporate or Chamber of Commerce greed money.