Fiorina on Failed Trade Deal: 'Obama Sets Out Lofty Goals'
Tonight during "On The Record," GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina weighed in on President Barack Obama's humiliating defeat after House Democrats turned against the White House on a key vote for his trade agenda.
In a dramatic defeat for the White House, President Obama's trade agenda ran aground in the House on Friday as Democrats banded together in opposition despite a personal plea from the president.
In a 302-126 vote, the House killed the so-called Trade Adjustment Assistance bill -- a program that retrains workers displaced by trade. The bill was originally put on the table as a sweetener to help entice recalcitrant Democrats to back the president's main agenda item, a bill that would give Obama "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade deals.
But the president's own party is so opposed to that legislation, they voted down the sweetener. In a major defection for Obama, even House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined the rebellion in opposing TAA minutes before the vote. Though she supports the worker aid, she said voting against it was the only way to "slow down the fast track."
She said the main trade bill would be "stuck in the station" without TAA.
Fiorina told Greta Van Susteren she is a "big proponent of free and fair trade," but she also wanted to "know what was in Obama's deal."
“This president, at least from my point of view, has demonstrated too many times that he sets out lofty goals and then the devil is in the details and the details are very different," Fiorina stated.
"I can’t explain what happened on the Democrats’ side other than clearly, you know, the president I think hasn’t really invested in relationships on either side of the aisle so when he called this time, they didn’t respond,” she added.
Watch the video above.
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