Hillary and Trump really hashed out a lot in the first #debate and boy was it something. Who do you think won?
During Monday’s presidential debate, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton battled over trade policy, jobs, and fact-checking and plans on each others’ websites.
Trump asked, “Hillary, I just ask you this. you’ve been doing this for 30 years. Why are you just thinking about these solutions right now? For 30 years you’ve been doing it, and now you’re just starting to think of solutions.
Clinton responded, “Well, actually, I have thought about this quite a bit.” Trump answered, “Yeah, for 30 years.”
Clinton then stated, “[W]ell, not quite that long. I think my husband did a pretty good job in the 1990s. I think a lot about what worked, and how we can make it work again.”
Trump countered, “Well, he approved NAFTA, which is the single worst trade deal in this country.”
She answered, “Incomes went up for everybody. Manufacturing jobs went up also in the 1990s, if we’re actually going to look at the facts. When I was in the Senate, I had a number of trade deals that came before me, and I held them all to the same test, will they create jobs in America, will they raise incomes in America, and are they good for our national security? Some of them I voted for. The biggest one, a multinational one known as CAFTA, I voted against, and because I hold the same standards as I look at all of these trade deals. But, let’s not assume that trade is the only challenge we have in the economy. I think it is a part of it, and I’ve said what I’m going to do. I’m going to have a special prosecutor. We’re going to enforce the trade deals we have, and we’re going to hold people accountable. When I was Secretary of State, we actually increased american exports globally, 30%. We increased them to China, 50%. So I know how to really work to get new jobs and to get exports that help to create more new jobs.”
Trump then said, “You haven’t done it in 30 years or 26 years or –.” Clinton cut in, “I’ve been a Senator, Donald, and I have been a Secretary of State, and I have done a lot.”
Trump objected that “Your husband signed NAFTA, which was one of the worst things that ever happened to the manufacturing industry.” Clinton responded, “Well, that’s your opinion.”
Trump continued, “NAFTA is the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed in this country, and now, you want to approve Trans-Pacific Partnership. You were totally in favor of it. Then you heard what I was saying how bad it is, and you said, I can’t win that debate, but you know that if you did win, you would approve that, and that will be almost as bad as NAFTA.”
Clinton disagreed, stating that she was against TPP once it was finally negotiated, and the terms were laid out.