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November 6, 2015 10:55 AM
Christie Urges Ryan to Vote No on TPP
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Today on The Laura Ingraham Show, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) addressed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was leaked yesterday. Though Christie admitted he had not read the trade deal, which is 5,544 pages long, in its entirety, he asked, “Why would anyone in America trust the person who negotiated the deal with Iran to negotiate a trade deal that, in the balance, will hold the economic future of many American citizens?” He stressed President Obama’s disastrous negotiation with Iran, after which “the Iranians are already trampling all over us, and still chanting ‘Death to America.’” Ultimately, Christie said, “As a blanket matter, I wouldn't trust one thing negotiated by the team of Obama, Clinton, and Kerry. Not one thing.”

Kevin Kearns, President of the United States Business and Industry Council, who also appeared on The Laura Ingraham Show today, called Ryan a “complete free trade idealogue.” Further, Kearns voiced concerns Ryan will “use every political lever he has to really ram this thing through.” Christie urged Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to vote no on the president’s trade deal, or to not vote at all and wait for a new president to negotiate a deal that would actually be in the interest of the American people and the interests of American workers.

Partial Transcript [LISTEN]

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Ingraham: Would you comment, if you would, on the issue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, I’m sure you haven’t had time to read it. We have experts going through it, we’ve had a number of them consult with us, and as guests on our show. 5,544 pages long, with various letters attached and appendices and appendixes, and waivers. 11 countries and the United States, waiting for China to get involved, even though they’re not a signatory to this. Congress only gets an up or down vote, that’s all they get on this. My fear is that they’re going to vote on this in the lame duck session after the presidential election, because they don’t want to have their votes accounted for by the people. But, what of this massive trade deal that has just dropped? (11:37)

Christie: Why would anyone in America trust the person who negotiated the deal with Iran to negotiate a trade deal that, in the balance, will hold the economic future of many American citizens? The fact is that this president can’t negotiate a thing. And, the Iranian deal is already a disaster, the Iranians are already trampling all over us, and still chanting ‘Death to America.’ My problem with TPP, because you’re right, I have not been able to read the whole thing, and I’m concerned about all the different exceptions and side letters that are being referred to because that always is a problem. But, I will tell you this. As a blanket matter, I wouldn't trust one thing negotiated by the team of Obama, Clinton, and Kerry. Not one thing. (12:30)

Ingraham: So, your advice to Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell on this would be… (13:20)

Christie: Vote no or don’t vote at all. And, wait for a new president to come in to negotiate a deal that would actually be in the interest of the American people and the interests of American workers. (13:23)

 

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