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Where will Marco Rubio stand on Trans-Pacific Partnership?

UPDATE from Rubio's office: "A vote on the TPP agreement has yet to be scheduled, and is unlikely any time soon. Senator Rubio is going to take his time in further reviewing this report, the details of the deal itself, and will continue to listen to the people of Florida as well as other interested stakeholders."

Marco Rubio may no longer be running for president but his views will be watched on a major issue in the race: trade.

Rubio supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but as a candidate found room to hedge as Donald Trump moved to the left and Hillary Clinton flip-flopped.

In January, three months after the deal was finalized, Rubio said he was waiting on a report from the International Trade Commission. That report published May 18.

The accord "would boost American agriculture and the services sector that dominates the U.S. economy but weigh on manufacturing," according to a reading by the Wall Street Journal.

We asked Rubio's office for comment on Wednesday evening and will update when he does.

Rubio long praised trade deals and advocated for TPP.

“It will create the opportunity for emerging economies to become the next ‘tigers’ of Asia and enhance linkages between nations in the Western Hemisphere and East Asia,” Rubio wrote in the Journal in April 2015.

In May, during a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations, Rubio said it was “more important than ever that Congress give the president trade promotion authority so that he can finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.”

But his support came under attack from some conservatives, who have dubbed the deal as "Obamatrade."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 19, 2016 4:01pm]


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