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Thread: Mike Pence, Trumpís likely running mate, has backed every free trade deal in the last 15 years

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    Mike Pence, Trumpís likely running mate, has backed every free trade deal in the last 15 years

    There are multiple reports that Mike Pence will be Donald Trumpís vice presidential candidate. If he is, how will he explain away his support for the very same free trade deals that Trump has been bashing for more than a year?

    Pence represents the staunch right wing of the Republican party establishment, and promises to be someone who will reassure major corporate donors and evangelical activists alike. But that means Pence is miles away with Trump on some key issuesófor example, he fiercely opposed Trumpís proposed ban on Muslims travelling to the US.

    Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.
    ó Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) December 8, 2015

    Given that a Muslim ban isalmost certainly unconstitutional, the more important disagreement is on free trade. Trump says that foreign countries are ďkilling usĒ and has speculated about a 45% tariff on imports. But Pence, like most economic conservatives, has been a staunch supporter of these dealsóin particular, he backs the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade deal negotiated by the Obama administration with twelve nations around the Pacific rim.

    Trade means jobs, but trade also means security. The time has come for all of us to urge the swift adoption of the Trans Pacific Partnership
    ó Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) September 8, 2014

    Pence also defended the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and voted for the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and continued trade with China during his 14 years in Congress.

    Exploiting resentment over the export-driven growth of China has been a cornerstone of Trumpís campaign. The idea that corporations are conspiring to move American jobs abroad is part and parcel with his narrative of immigrants taking American jobs at homeóeven as his own businesses embraced both practices.

    The decision by one US company, Carrier, to move a manufacturing plant from Penceís own state of Indiana to Mexico became a signature moment in Trumpís primary run.

    If Pence joins the ticket, will Trump soften his stanceóas he has hinted he mightósaying that once he negotiates the deals, they will be alright? Or will Pence tone down his own strongly held views?

    Either way, the pick will blunt his ability to attack Hillary Clinton on trade. Though she backed TPP negotiations as the chief diplomat in the Obama administration, she was not in office when the talks were concluded and opposes the deal, due in no small part to Senator Bernie Sandersí left-wing primary challenge. It seems likely that her running mate will also be on the record opposing the deal.
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    It's a balance between appeasing his supporters, appeasing the deep state and reaching his own goals.
    ~Resident Badgiraffe

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    Really too bad that NONE of those deals are truly FREE TRADE.

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