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Forget Bipartisanshp, If Trade Pacts Fail to Pass

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October 8, 2011

Philadelphia Inquirer

If President Obama and Congress fail to produce a free-trade agreement within the next month, Americans will know not to expect anything resembling bipartisanship between now and next year's presidential election. Obama bad-mouthed the North American Free Trade Agreement during his 2008 campaign, but, as he has done with other issues, he changed his rhetoric once he assumed the presidency. Obama has been working with Republicans to forge agreement on separate trade pacts with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. But that was behind the scenes.