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Hillary Clinton a Free Trader, or Not, Depending on the Moment

Clinton may be parting ways from President Obama — and her husband — on the trade issue.
President-elect Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton (R) (D-NY), leave a press conference after she was named his choice for secretary of state at the Hilton Hotel December 01, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.

President-elect Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton (R) (D-NY), leave a press conference after she was named his choice for secretary of state at the Hilton Hotel December 01, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Three years ago Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised a proposed deal to reduce trade barriers among Pacific Rim nations as “the gold standard” for such pacts.

Now, the presidential candidate Clinton has nothing to say as President Barack Obama fights to win expanded negotiating authority to complete the agreement over furious opposition from organized labor and progressives in his own party.