By Jeb Bush
Back in 2012, while she was serving as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton called an emerging economic partnership with 11 Pacific Nations the “Gold Standard in trade agreements.” She said it did everything a trade agreement should do — promote free markets, provide a level playing field and protect the rule of law.
She said we need to “keep upping our game both bilaterally and with partners across the region through agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
Whatever happened to that Hillary Clinton?
Last week, less than four days after she announced her bid for the presidency, she cooled her enthusiasm considerably. Sec. Clinton’s campaign said trade agreements have to pass fresh tests and even greater scrutiny — and among the issues she raised were elements like currency manipulation that the Obama Administration have said were “poison pills” that would kill the negotiation. So much for the gold standard.
These new reservations are conveniently timed. Sec. Clinton wavered on support for trade the last time she ran for President as well.
It seems Secretary Clinton thinks we have a short memory.
Then: “We need to keep upping our game both bilaterally and with partners across the region through agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” – Sec. Hillary Clinton