Sen. Brown Offers A Defense Of Clinton's Trade Positions, Positioning

May 17, 2016


Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton got some political help on trade over the weekend as Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – who's on everyone's short list for vice presidential picks – defended his former Senate colleague on CNN.

[Daily News| May 17, 2016 |Inside US Trade]

Brown – who, as the network notes, is a “strident opponent of free trade pacts,” and who represents a key swing state – has something in common with Donald Trump, CNN noted; they both are known to lament currency manipulation by countries like China and Mexico.

Brown was asked how he can tell Ohioans that Clinton, who once “supported President Obama's policies that many now blame for the predicament that they're in,” as the interviewer put it, is the best choice for president.

Clinton, he responded, is “going to look at a very different trade policy.” Brown, who said he has led the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, noted Clinton's call for a “trade prosecutor,” said he expected a President Clinton to be “going after currency” and assured that she would “stand up strong on keeping China designated as a non market economy.”


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  • Hillary Clinton is foreign to the cause of re-shoring American manufacturing and re-shoring American sovereignty. She has zero credibility on this issue, and finally “switched” to saying she is against the TPP only to get elected and only as the last one in line behind the majority of Americans who are outraged at the de-industrialization of the USA and all the economic and social problems cascading out of that de-industrialization. I will NEVER trust her and I will never vote for her. Regarding Sherrod Brown supporting her, he has been out front among the best in Congress on trade, but this alignment with HRC looks more like political ambition than principled action to fix our trade policy. It is Bernie Sanders who would be the natural ally against the Free Trade policy, not to mention Bernie’s opposite and necessary approach to pay-to-pay politics by which HRC epitomizes the purchase of Washington by globalized banks and corporations. For Sherrod Brown to praise HRC’s supposed intention to “stand up strong on keeping China designated as a non-market economy,” that is incredibly weak and reeks of hollow assurances, because much of our manufacturing and R&D have already been moved to China, and much more has been bankrupted by competition from Chinese industries, during its already-in-place designation as a non-market economy.