In more news from the campaign trail, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine said he will oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that would encompass 12 Pacific Rim nations, including the U.S. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have come out opposing the deal amid a wave of public protest by those who say it benefits corporations at the expense of health and environmental regulations. This is Senator Kaine speaking Sunday on NBC.
Sen. Tim Kaine: “Companies were given rights to enforce provisions, but the labor and environmental provisions could not be effectively enforced. That was never fixed. I’ve asked again and again to understand this piece of the TPP, and I’ve never gotten a good answer. We can’t have a deal that cannot be enforced.”
Tim Kaine had previously supported the TPP. He was one of 13 Democratic senators to vote to give President Obama power to fast-track the TPP through Congress.