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Obama Steps Up Pitch for Trade, Exports, Targets Democrats

Posted February 27, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Jim Kuhnhenn – Associated Press)

Relying on Republicans and going against the grain of his own party for his legislative successes has not been much of a go-to play in President Barack Obama’s game plan.

Then there’s international trade.

On Thursday, Obama stepped up his campaign for expanding exports and negotiating new trade deals in Asia and Europe, a rare spot of common ground with Republicans and a raw point of friction with Democrats. Obama pushed his trade themes in interviews with television stations from states represented by some of the handful of Democratic senators who may be willing to side with the president on his plans for new commerce agreements.

“There have been times in the past where some of the trade deals didn’t work out for particular sectors in particular communities,” Obama told KMBC in Kansas City, Missouri. “Which is why we’re organizing trade in the Asia Pacific region, the fastest growing region in the world, to make sure you have strong enforceable labor provisions, make sure you have strong enforceable environmental provisions, make sure you have a level playing field.” Click here to read more.