And All three major Democratic candidates for president say they oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a NAFTA-style treaty that polls show is unpopular with the public. Bernie Sanders has been vocally against it from the beginning; Martin O’Malley came out critical of it eight months ago, and Hillary Clinton issued a cautious statement against it Oct. 7: “As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it.” But that’s at odds with her earlier position: When she was President Obama’s secretary of state, Clinton called TPP the “gold standard” of trade deals. And she stayed silent while Congress debated and passed Fast Track.
Among Republicans, Donald Trump has been vocal against TPP, calling it “an attack on American business.” Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum have also said they oppose it. Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, and Marco Rubio are staunchly in favor of the TPP. And Rand Paul has spoken both for and against it.