DNC presidential candidates (and the rest of their party) are torn on whether or not to embrace the passing of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) recently passed by Nancy Pelosi and President Trump. The USMCA is a revised version of the previous NAFTA deal that has sparked some bipartisan controversy.
On one hand, the more progressive of the DNC candidates, like Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (D-VT) oppose it. Meanwhile, moderate Democrats like Joe Biden support NAFTA, while Pete Buttigieg would only support the USMCA if “stronger labor and environmental terms” are added. At the end of the day, moderates like Pete may end up towing the party line and embracing the new trade deal.
Given Nancy Pelosi’s strong endorsement of the deal, other Democrats are expected to follow suit.
A Senate Democratic aide commented on how each side might see the new agreement.
“You can look at this with two different sets of messages. One set of messages is this is a terrible deal made tolerable by what Nancy Pelosi was able to get in there… You can also message it another way, which is that no trade deal goes unpunished and this is NAFTA 2.0 and anybody who seriously cares about labor and environmental standards [won’t support it.]”
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