Kamala Harris: I never would have voted for NAFTA

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Trade and tariffs are obviously going to be bigger issues for 2020 than previously thought.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris said Sunday that she would not have voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement. She declined to weigh in on whether former Vice President Joe Biden, who supported the 1994 agreement, or Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who opposed it, were correct.

On CNN‘s “State of the Union,“ the California Democrat said the U.S. can negotiate better trade agreements to protect American workers.

“We need to do a better job in terms of thinking about the priorities that should be more apparent now than perhaps they were then, which are issues like the climate crisis and what we need to build into these trade agreements,” Harris said.

Business groups have lobbied for the passage of Trump’s proposed replacement for NAFTA, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), although its passage in Congress remains uncertain. Trump signed the deal last November with a proposed six-month timeline for Congress to take it up. Democratic congressional leaders are pushing for the agreement to include stronger labor and environmental protections.

Kamala Harris says she wouldn't have voted for NAFTA
Kamala Harris: ‘I would not have voted for NAFTA’