June 9th, 2007
03:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton says trade deal would cost U.S. jobs

Senator Hillary Clinton, D-New York

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN)–Senator Hillary Clinton says she will oppose ratifaction of the U.S. free trade agreement with South Korea. Clinton says the agreement would harm the U.S. automotive industry and put American jobs at risk.

"Trade agreements need to be fair if they're going to work," the Democratic candidate president said in Detroit, Michigan before a townhall meeting hosted by the AFL-CIO. "While I value the strong relationship the United States enjoys with South Korea, I believe that this agreement is inhrently unfair. It will hurt the U.S. auto industry, increase our trade deficit, cost us middle-class jobs, and make America less competitive."

From Detroit, Clinton was traveling to Iowa for some afternoon and evening campaign events.

- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. J. Bailey

    I'm glad Ms. Clinton recognizes the problems with this agreement. But NAFTA and CAFTA have a far greater negative impact on the American middle class, and pull the rug out from under small businesses in Latin America. Would she repeal those?

    June 9, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. John L. Griffin, New Bern, NC

    The trade deals that we have been saddled with in recent years have given away far too much to the foreign partner. I agree with Senator Clinton.

    June 9, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Bill W, Coatesville PA

    She will do or say anything to have a chance to get elected.

    This is the woman who brought the #1 outsourcer of American jobs to India into downtown Buffalo and set them up with a sweetheart deal.

    Who does she think she's fooling?

    June 9, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Paul, Concord, MA

    Free trade increases competition, which in turn improves quality and cost. Clinton does not understand economics and would prefer to socialize everything, like medecine. This is pathetic.

    June 10, 2007 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  5. Barbara Klaassen, Atlanta, Georgia

    Perhaps someone should tell Mrs. Clinton that she is many days late and billions of dollars short in her comments about "fair trade."

    One look around Detroit should tell her all she needs to know. The city is a dump, the automobile industry is in the crapper and unemployment is double digit.

    Her speech is nothing more that the same old tired Demopublican rhetoric. It is amazing how low these candidates will stoop to get a few votes off the strength of lies and false promises.

    June 10, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    If Mrs. Clinton is so concerned about American jobs, then why did she bring the number one outsourcer of US jobs to India into her state and set them up with a sweetheart deal?

    This woman will say or do anything to have a chance at being eleceted president.

    June 11, 2007 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  7. DMW, Roeland Park, KS

    To Bill W: Maybe she would say anything to get elected, I doubt that however.

    What she says is correct. Too many Republicans have felt it was alright to send jobs offshore and outsource because they are all about corporations and free enterprise. This has only gutted the middle class in America and is making America a service economy with low wages.

    Therefore, I am grateful for anyone who talks about keeping good jobs for Americans.

    June 11, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Lynn T. Mission Viejo, CA

    The US-Korea FTA is about the future. Everybody is stuck in M.A.S.H. thought. Korea is now a medium rich country and getting richer. They are a protected market, we are already open. We get the better deal. Korea is doing the deal to force their economy to be open and compete so they can reach the next stage. If we don't sell our products to them, the Japanese, Europeans and Chinese will. Our top exports to Korea are such high profit items as financial services, electrical machinery, airplanes, optical equipment and medical devices. These are exports that provide good, high-paying jobs in the US. Hillary is pandering to Ford and the AFL-CIO - a special interest - and selling out the rest of the US economy, now and in the future.

    June 22, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |