Progressives: Kaine Selection Gives Trump Advantage on Trade

Progressive leaders are concerned that Hillary Clinton’s selection of Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate will give Donald Trump and Republicans the advantage on trade this fall. During his convention speech, Trump courted supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on trade, predicting they “will join our movement, because we will fix his biggest issue: trade.” Stephanie Taylor, the co-founder of Progressive Change Campaign, said in a statement that “Republicans now have a new opening to attack Democrats on this economic populist issue” since Kaine “voted to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” Taylor said, as was evident in Trump’s convention speech, “Republicans will run hard against Democrats on trade this year.” “Clinton should push the White House to take TPP off the table in a lame duck Congress in order to avoid this vice presidential pick allowing Donald Trump to outflank her on this key issue,” she added. Clinton reportedly selected Kaine to help her appeal to blue-collar voters, but Trump has appealed to them, like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), by opposing corrupt and unfair globalist trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership that put globalists ahead of Americans. Kaine, according to Politico, was praising the Trans-Pacific Partnership as of Thursday