How the TPP became the most divisive policy in the Democratic Party

From The Washington Post:

Democrats at the party’s national convention in Philadelphia this week are riled up about something called the TPP, which is short for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The bureaucratic title aside, this agreement would have major consequences in some developing countries and has become a potent rallying cry in the U.S. presidential campaign.

In Philadelphia on Monday, delegates chanted “No TPP!” and brandished signs declaring their opposition. They were frustrated that the party’s official platform did not explicitly reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a reflection of the fierce disagreement among Democrats about the deal’s merits.

Hillary Clinton opposes the accord, even though she helped negotiate it as President Obama’s secretary of state. Her former boss still supports it, though, as does her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).

The trade agreement has also divided the Republican Party. Donald Trump is a vocal opponent, but his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, supports the deal. So do House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Here are answers to a few questions readers might be asking about the TPP:

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade deal that the Obama administration negotiated with 11 other countries in the Pacific: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. If ratified, the agreement would set common rules in these countries for labor, the environment and intellectual property. For trade among the countries, the deal would also reduce the tariffs that buyers must pay on imported goods that give an advantage to domestic manufacturers.

More than that, though, the Trans-Pacific Partnership has become a litmus test for American politicians: Opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership see themselves as putting American interests and American workers first. They see supporters as out-of-touch technocrats with no sense of responsibility for the lives of ordinary people. Supporters, for their part, view the deal’s detractors as misguided populists who are woefully …

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