“Every trade agreement must be studied on its own merits,” he writes. “Some are good, some are bad. I have carefully analyzed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade agreement between America and numerous Asian and Pacific countries.”
“TPP is supposed to give our country the chance to write the rules for global trade, instead of letting China do it,” he continues. “That is a laudable goal, and some of its provisions would open new markets for some of our state’s farmers and other industries. However, having the right goal is not good enough. It also has to be a good deal, and good deals require good negotiations.”
Sen. Toomey proceeds to lay the blame for TPP not being good enough at the feet of the Obama Administration.
“As it now stands, TPP is not a good deal for Pennsylvania,” Sen. Toomey concludes. “I cannot support it.”
“Pat Toomey has spent his entire career pushing bad trade deals and policies that ship Americans jobs overseas, so nobody is buying this ridiculous flip flop,” McGinty responded. “Bad trade deals like the TPP have real impacts on Pennsylvania families, but for Pat Toomey, this is all a political game. He’s spent decades trading favors with corporations who push these bad trade deals at the expense of American workers, but now that his re-election is at risk, he’s willing to try and fool Pennsylvanians and claim he’s looking out for us. Sorry, Senator Toomey, but we’re not buying it.”
Ironically, Pat Toomey’s path on TPP is incredibly similar to Hillary Clinton’s although McGinty isn’t likely to mention that.
The anti-TPP movement has actually been bipartisan, in that conservatives and liberals both despise it, while moderates are in favor. The rise of Donald Trump and near-rise of Bernie Sanders, however, have frightened most politicians away from it.