Tampa Mayor Buckhorn urges Rubio to support trade deal
WASHINGTON - Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was at the White House on Wednesday as part of a push for approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. During a news conference, Buckhorn and corporate officials pressed congress to approve the accord.
It has become an issue in the presidential race. Hillary Clinton, who once backed it, flip-flopped. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has said a deal is essential, but has not yet said whether he'll support the package.
"We don't discount the fact that it's an election year," Buckhorn said during a news conference.
"But I think when it's all said and done, for Florida, opening up those trade bariers, reducing those tariffs, expanding those markets is absolutely critical. I don't know where he'll end up, but I think it's important for us to keep pressure on him and remind him of just how good this would be for Florida businesses."
Buckhorn, who is becoming a regular at the White House, attended a meeting of the President's Export Council. He was joined at the news conference by Ursula Burns, chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation; Arne Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International, Inc.; and Mary Andringa, chairman, Vermeer.