Hillary Clinton on Sunday addressed the international trade deal that on Friday cost Barack Obama an embarrassing defeat by his own party, saying the president should make the best deal possible on the issue with congressional Democrats.
“Let’s take the lemons and turn it into lemonade,” Clinton told about 600 supporters at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in implicit criticism of the president.
However, earlier in the day one opponent for the Democratic nomination in 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, indicated how hard that might be when he called Obama’s trade policy “a disaster, that … must be defeated”.
Republicans have used trade as a means to attack the president – who is on their side on the issue – as well as Clinton. Paul Ryan, a leading House supporter of the controversial legislation that Democrats helped to defeat, said on Sunday the president must sway his own party to save the measure.