Debate Over Free Trade Heats Up in Presidential Race

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Free trade deals ranging from NAFTA to the yet-to-be-ratified Trans-Pacific Partnership have long been popular with Republican leaders and promoted by Democratic presidents. But in this year's presidential primaries, candidates from both parties are coming out against free trade, claiming these deals are bad for the United States' economy and for American workers. In this hour, part of the NPR project "A Nation Engaged," we'll look at the changing politics around free trade and how it impacts California.


Doug Bloch, Political director, Teamsters Joint Council 7

Everett Golden, President and COO, Otis McAllister, Inc (an Oakland-based global food and beverage company)

Harley Shaiken, Professor specializing in labor issues, UC Berkeley