Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that, despite supporting free trade overall, she opposes authorizing President Obama to negotiate a trade agreement with Pacific Rim nations also known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“The truth is, we don't know what's in this deal,” she said during her “Meet the Candidates” interview. “We know that we have trading partners who have violated agreements in trade deals.”
She cited China as a country that has violated previous free trade agreements.
“I think it’s important to understand some of the fine print of this deal,” Fiorina said. “This is being sold as an opportunity for America to strengthen its lead and its partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region. I certainly agree with that goal. On the other hand, if the truth is in these details, that China gets to join later, then what exactly are we doing here?”
Fiorina also stood by an anti-protectionist op/ed she wrote in 2004 while she was chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard. “Every job is important because each one represents an American's livelihood and ability to raise a family. Yet spending our time building walls around America will do nothing to help us compete for the millions of new jobs being created,” she wrote in the Wall Street Journal.
If she were president, Fiorina said she would be transparent with Congress about the details of a trade deal.
"I wouldn't be afraid to let people know, 'Here’s what we've agreed to, here’s what we haven't agreed to, here are the upsides, here are the potential risks,'" she said. "I don't hear that from this president. What I hear is a bunch of sound bites and a bunch of selling points."