To Win, Clinton Must Clearly State Her Opposition to TPP and NAFTA

Hugh J. Campbell Son of a steelworker, Philadelphia, Pa.

The article Voters Aren’t Happy with NAFTA, Other Free Trade Deals based on a recent Rasmussen Reports Poll states unaffiliated voters by a 52% to 24% margin think NAFTA needs to be renegotiated and voters overall are more critical of U.S. free trade agreements than voters eight years ago.

In general, men and those 40 and over are more critical of free trade agreements than women and younger voters. Under 40 voters, Bernie Sanders’ most enthusiastic supporters, are the most likely to be undecided.

Since 2008 the percentage of U.S. voters registered Independent has increased by approximately 23 percent, primarily as a result of defections from the Democratic Party.

Critical for Hillary Clinton, the perceived establishment candidate in 2016, to win are the independent voters that believe more than 2 to 1 that NAFTA needs to be renegotiated and the undecided under 40 voters.

In addition to the challenge Hillary Clinton faces in defending NAFTA, her halfhearted opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) put her at odds with the red hot opposition by  virtually every labor union, environmental group, and even major religious groups, on trade.


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Hugh Campbell is a seasoned financial professional, currently providing subject matter expertise on a variety of regulatory topics, including the Dodd-Frank Act, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and overall compliance monitoring. Hugh has previously held positions as Chief Risk Officer (CRO), Chief Audit Executive (CAE) and Director of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance.

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