Hillary Clinton on Trade Policy

Last Updated : Jan 20, 2011

Summary

As First Lady, Hillary Clinton was supportive of the passage and implementation of NAFTA and spoke in support of it. A few years after it's passage, she stated that NAFTA was "proving it's worth." As a Senator of New York, Hillary Clinton supported NAFTA and hailed it as one of the better achievements of the DLC. In her memoirs, Senator Clinton also praised NAFTA as one of the signature achievements of the Clinton administration.

As Senator Clinton sought the White House, she changed her position and stated that she was not a free-trader, but rather a "fair-trader." In a Time Magazine interview in 2007, Senator Clinton stated that NAFTA was in principle a good idea but that the ramifications of the bill had not been good. She stated that NAFTA had been "inherited" by the Clinton Administration.

As part of her 2008 Presidential campaign, Senator Clinton stated that NAFTA needed to be reworked, and that it may be possible to take a trade "time-out.'

 

1996 Comments

At a press event in 1996, First Lady Clinton stated that NAFTA was "proving it's worth."

 

2002 DLC Speech

In remarks at the 2002 DLC convention, Senator Clinton spoke about the success of NAFTA and compared it to other programs that she said successfully.

 

Living History

In her memoirs, Senator Clinton spoke about the success of NAFTA from both a political angle for President Clinton and from an economic angle for the country.

 

Clinton Teleconference on Job Training Funding Cuts

In January of 2004, Senator Clinton stated that NAFTA had been good for New York and for America. She also stated that Canada was not allowing New York to sell agricultural products in Canada.

 

Time Magazine Interview

In a February 2007 interview, Senator Clinton was asked about NAFTA and stated that she was a "fair trader" and that she was concerned that environmental and labor rights were not enforced in other countries.

 

Las Vegas Debate

In October of 2007, Senator Clinton was asked about NAFTA at the Las Vegas debate. She stated that she opposed the agreement and stated that it had been a failure in the US.

 

Fact vs Myth

In March of 2008, Senator Clinton released a statement noting that she never personally supported NAFTA even through she worked for it's passage when Bill Clinton was President.

 

Rework NAFTA

In April of 2008, Senator Clinton stated at a campaign rally that she would rework NAFTA to benefit Americans.

Voting Record

Oman Free Trade Agreement

In June of 2006, the Senate passed the Oman Free Trade Agreement 60-34. The agreement conferred free trade status with the country of Oman in the middle-east. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the Oman Free Trade Agreement.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the Oman Free Trade Agreement.

Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)

In July of 2005, the Central American Free Trade Agreement was passed by the Senate 55-45. The agreement opened free trade agreements with the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Hillary Clinton voted against CAFTA.

Hillary Clinton voted against CAFTA.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

References

[1] Website: Organizing for America Article: Hillary Clinton's Support of NAFTA Has Been Well Documented Author: NA Accessed on: 01/19/2011

[2] Website: Bloomberg.com Article: Clinton Breaks With Husband's Legacy on Nafta Pact, China Trade Author: Kristin Jensen and Mark Drajem Accessed on: 01/19/2011

[3] Website: Time.com Article: Hillary: "I Have to Earn Every Vote" Author: KAREN TUMULTY Accessed on: 01/19/2011

[4] Website: DLC.org Article: Remarks of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to the 2002 DLC National Conversation Author: NA Accessed on: 01/19/2011

[5] Website: ABC News Article: Hillary Clinton's NAFTA Sincerity Problem Author: Jake Tapper Accessed on: 01/19/2011

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