For weeks, pundits and other candidates have been urging Hillary Clinton to take a stand on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that Congress is considering signing on to. At a rally to launch her Iowa campaign, Sen. Clinton did not take a side, but said that the negotiations should be an opportunity to "provide the kinds of protections for American workers" that they need.
“There are some specifics in there that could and should be changed,” Clinton said. “So I am hoping that’s what happens now — let’s take the lemons and turn it into lemonade.”
HILLARY CLINTON: It has to include trade adjustment authority. To provide the kinds of protections for American workers that I am looking for.
But I am willing to try now to see whether you can push to get rid of the objectionable parts, to drive a harder bargain on some of the other parts, and to provide more transparency so that the American people can actually see what will be in a final proposed deal.
If I were in the White House, that's what I'd be doing right now. Trying to figure out if there is a way to get a deal that does what it should do for the American workers... Let's try and see whether there is this opportunity now.