As Obama spoke, hundreds of people held signs protesting the TPP. Some protesters also unfurled a banner reading ”TPP Kills Democracy.” This is California delegate Alex White.
Alex White: “In October, when the full text released and it was made known to the public that there was a death sentence clause in it, that would basically mean that pharmaceutical companies would have a 20-year monopoly on medications, that would cause a single medication to cost anywhere between $50,000 and $100,000 a year. My wife was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer three years ago, and I have to do it for her and everybody who is diagnosed with cancer. I mean, I don’t want to mean any disrespect to President Obama, but I’ve got to stand up for people who are diagnosed with cancer. When they’re fighting for their lives, they shouldn’t have to fight to afford their medications.”
On Tuesday, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is close to Hillary Clinton, told Politico he believed Clinton would change her position and support the TPP, if she is elected. We’ll have more on the TPP and Clinton’s economic policy with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz later in the broadcast.