Trump vs. Hillary Clinton on TPP: You Called It "The Gold Standard" And Only Opposed It After I Did

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debate international trade deals at their first presidential debate at Hofstra University.

DONALD TRUMP: So I will tell you this, we have to do a much better job at keeping our jobs. And we have to do a much better job at giving companies incentives to build new companies to expand because they are not doing it. And all you have to do is look at Michigan and look at Ohio and look at all of these places where so many of their jobs and their companies are just leaving. They are gone. And Hillary, I'd just ask you this. You've been doing this for 30 years. Why are you just thinking about

these solutions right now? For 30 years you've been doing it and now you are just starting to think of solutions.

HILLARY CLINTON: Actually, that's --

TRUMP: Excuse me. I will bring back jobs. You can't bring back jobs.

CLINTON: Well, actually, I have thought about this quite a bit.

TRUMP: Yeah, for 30 years.

CLINTON: And I have -- well, not quite that long. I think my husband did a pretty good job in the 1990s. I think a lot about what worked and how we can make it work again.

TRUMP: He approved nafta which is the single worst trade deal in this country.

CLINTON: Incomes went up for everybody. Manufacturing went up in the 1990s if we're actually going to look at the facts. When I was in the senate, I had a number of trade deals that came before me and I held them all to the same test. Will they create jobs in America and are they good for our national security. Some of them I voted for. The biggest one, a multinational one known as cafta, I voted against. And because I hold the same standards as I look at all of these trade deals. But let's not assume that trade is the only challenge we have in the economy. I think it is a part of it and I've said what I'm going to do.I'm going to have a special prosecutor. We're going to enforce the trade deals we have and we're going to hold people accountable. When I was secretary of state, we actually increased American exports globally 30%. We increased them to China 50%. So I know how to really work to get new jobs and to get exports that helped to create more new jobs.

TRUMP: You haven't done it in 30 years or 26 years or --

CLINTON: I've been a senator and I have --

TRUMP: Excuse me. Your husband signed nafta, which was one of the worst things that ever happened.

CLINTON: Well, that's your opinion.


Progressive host of 'The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur has harshly criticized Hillary Clinton over her position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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