DETROIT, MI – At Tuesday night’s debate, John Delaney called for the U.S. to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), speaking out against isolationist policies and trade barriers that would damage the U.S. economy.
Delaney’s comments are transcribed below and can be viewed here:
“So listen, this is what I don’t understand. President Trump wants to build physical walls and beat up on immigrants. Most of the folks running for president want to build economic walls to free trade, and beat up on President Obama. I’m the only one running for President who actually supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership. President Obama was right about that. We should be getting back in that. Senator Warren just issued a trade plan that would prevent the United States from trading with its allies. We can’t isolate ourselves from the world. We have to engage in fair, rules-based trade.”
“…So, that was the Trans-Pacific Partnership. I think President Obama was right. He did include environmental standards, he did include labor standards. We would be in an entirely different position with China if we had entered the Trans-Pacific Pacific partnership. We can’t isolate ourselves from the world. We can’t isolate ourselves from Asia. Senator Warren’s plan basically – that she put out – we would not be able to trade with the UK, we would not be able to trade with the EU. It is so extreme that it will isolate the American economy from the rest of the world.”