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Grayson blasts Pacific trade deal



U.S. Senate candidate Alan Grayson came out against a major trade deal minted today, saying it was “crafted by Wall Street to benefit corporate America.”

“This deal was crafted by Wall Street to benefit corporate America,” the Democratic congressman said in a statement of one of President Obama's top priorities. “It will not only harm jobs and wages, but it threatens food safety, affordable medicine, and other issues working Americans care about. We should be negotiating agreements that protect our workers instead of hurting them. Adding insult to this injury, Congress will not be able to amend this deal when it comes to us next year – we will only be allowed to vote ‘yea’ or ‘nay.’ I will pore over this agreement and work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to promote trade agreements that put American workers first.

We’ve asked rival Patrick Murphy for his position. He has previously expressed similar concerns as Grayson.

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio both support the deal, though Rubio hedged a bit today on CNBC, saying he would need to see the details.

Other Republican presidential candidates do not, saying Obama can’t be trusted.

[Last modified: Monday, October 5, 2015 12:58pm]


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