Heading back out on the campaign trail this weekend with a stop in Tucson, Arizona and Boulder, Colorado, Bernie Sanders recently spoke out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement reached between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations, calling it a “disastrous” trade deal.
Sanders, who issued a statement on Monday, said that while he was “disappointed” with the decision to move forward with the TPP, he was “not surprised.”
“Wall Street and other big corporations have won again,” Sanders said in a press release on his campaign website Bernie 2016. “It is time for the rest of us to stop letting multi-national corporations rig the system to pad their profits at our expense.”
He went on to denounce the agreement by saying it will not only hurt consumers, but the TPP will cost millions of American their jobs as they will be outsourced to various other nations.
“This agreement follows failed trade deals with Mexico, China and other low-wage countries that have cost millions of jobs and shuttered tens of thousands of factories across the United States,” Sanders said.
While Sanders has a long-standing opposition to trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Central American Free Trade Agreement and Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China, he vowed he will continue to lead the effort in the Senate against the TPP.
“We need trade policies that benefit American workers and consumers, not just the CEOs of large multi-national corporations,” Sanders said.
Sander went on to applaud Hillary Clinton, his constituent in the 2016 elections, for taking a stance against the TPP and expressing her opposition to the “disastrous” trade agreement.
“…I am glad that Secretary Clinton has now come on board,” Sanders said. “I hope that, with her help, with the efforts of virtually every union in the country and with the opposition of many environmental groups, we can defeat this agreement which was largely written by Wall Street and corporate America.”
Not only will he discuss his plan to defeat the TPP, Sanders will also focus on a wide range of issues including income and wealth inequality and the disappearing middle class at a rally on Oct. 9 in Tucson, Arizona. The Tucson Rally will take place at Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.
He will continue his weekend campaigning in Boulder, Colorado on Oct. 10 at the Boulder Rally. This event starts at 2 p.m. at Potts Field and requires a ticket, which can be obtained on a first-come basis at Colorado University, Boulder campus.
For more information, or to RSVP to any of the events, visit Bernie Sanders’ Facebook event page.