Can Barack Obama Uphold Bill Clinton’s Free Trade Legacy?

A New Deal Could Bind Together a Dozen Pacific Nations. But Democrats—Including Hillary Clinton—Have Been Slow to Rally Behind It.

Can Barack Obama Uphold Bill Clinton’s Free Trade Legacy?

It’s rather poignant to watch President Obama fight to uphold the legacy of Bill Clinton while Hillary Clinton coyly refuses to join in, lest she offend the very same regressive forces within her party that the Clintons were once eager to confront and vanquish.

Obama is spending a good amount of his remaining political capital selling the nation on an ambitious free trade deal that would bind together a dozen Pacific nations in the Americas and East Asia. This so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would represent 40 percent of the world’s …

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