Where do the Democratic frontrunners stand on trade?
To counter this establishment reputation, Mrs Clinton has reached out to the left. Dick Gephardt, a former majority leader of the House of Representatives and a well-known trade sceptic, is an adviser. Mrs Clinton’s trade rhetoric has been among the toughest of the candidates. She has talked of “a little timeout” before new trade deals are made—exactly what the party’s left has been asking for.
Mr Obama has carefully avoided any such rhetoric. His trade strategy, like much else, is still short on details. Like Mrs Clinton, he voted against the free-trade agreement with Central America. But judging by his latest book, Mr Obama is more concerned with helping people deal with globalisation than trying to slow it down. One trade wonk who knows both candidates says that Mr Obama is more of an instinctive free-trader than Mrs Clinton.
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