So my message to every worker in Michigan and across America is this: I will stop any trade deal that kills jobs or holds down wages – including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. I oppose it now, I'll oppose it after the election, and I'll oppose it as president.NPR's Tamara Keith says:
This is Clinton's strongest language yet about the trade deal she called a "gold standard" when she was secretary of state in the Obama administration. At the time, the trade pact was in the early stages of negotiations. For the first several months of her campaign, Clinton resisted taking a position on TPP, saying the deal was still being negotiated. She finally weighed in last October, a week before the first Democratic debate, saying she couldn't support it in its current form. Many progressives are suspicious that, like President Obama did, she would soften her opposition to the trade deal if she is elected. Donald Trump has also charged that Clinton fully intends to sign off on TPP if she is president. Clinton has held firm in her opposition, but in an interview a close political ally of hers seemed to confirm the suspicions, saying she would likely implement it as president. The campaign moved immediately to tamp that down and Clinton in this speech was unequivocal — perhaps because she had to be.She didn't say she'd stop TPP. She said she has a pre-condition. All she needs to do, once elected, is assert that it doesn't kill jobs or hold down wages. Trade deals, when accepted, are always portrayed as good for us. The condition will always be said to have been met if you ask someone who is accepting the deal, so it's meaningless to announce that you have that condition. But to NPR, it's "Clinton's strongest language yet." That may be literally true, but it's still meaningless.