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

Sunday, 31 January 2016 00:00 By Robert Naiman, Truthout | Op-Ed
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Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said he expected Hillary Clinton to ultimately support the Trans-Pacific Patnership and that he believed there was a 75 percent chance it would be voted on during the lame-duck session after the election.Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said he expected Hillary Clinton to ultimately support the Trans-Pacific Patnership and that he believed there was a 75 percent chance it would be voted on during the lame-duck session after the election. (Photo: a katz / Shutterstock.com)

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, she will support the TPP, even though she opposes it now.

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? If you agree, you can tell your representatives in Congress so here.

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Robert Naiman

Robert Naiman is policy director at Just Foreign Policy and president of Truthout's board of directors. 


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

Sunday, 31 January 2016 00:00 By Robert Naiman, Truthout | Op-Ed
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Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said he expected Hillary Clinton to ultimately support the Trans-Pacific Patnership and that he believed there was a 75 percent chance it would be voted on during the lame-duck session after the election.Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said he expected Hillary Clinton to ultimately support the Trans-Pacific Patnership and that he believed there was a 75 percent chance it would be voted on during the lame-duck session after the election. (Photo: a katz / Shutterstock.com)

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, she will support the TPP, even though she opposes it now.

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? If you agree, you can tell your representatives in Congress so here.

Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.

Robert Naiman

Robert Naiman is policy director at Just Foreign Policy and president of Truthout's board of directors. 


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