Sanders says NH Democratic senators were wrong to back Trump's USMCA

Sanders says NH Democratic senators were wrong to back Trump's USMCA
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care MORE (I-Vt.) said during Friday night's presidential debate in New Hampshire that the state's two Democratic senators — Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanCut tariffs and open US economy to fight COVID-19 pandemic Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings MORE and Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenTop Democrat calls Trump's Afghan drawdown 'the right policy decision' as others warn of 'mistake' Overnight Defense: How members of the Armed Services committees fared in Tuesday's elections | Military ballots among those uncounted in too-close-to-call presidential race | Ninth US service member killed by COVID-19 Biden wins New Hampshire MORE — were wrong to vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE's new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

"Yes," Sanders said when asked directly if Hassan and Shaheen were incorrect in voting for the deal. "I mean, it's a disagreement."

"There is not one word in that trade agreement that deals with climate change, and I don't know how in 2020 you could do that," Sanders said.


He went on to argue that the agreement, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), would lead to continued outsourcing of American jobs to Mexico.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.), who voted for the USMCA, said she wanted to "defend the honor of the incredible two senators from New Hampshire."

She said there were "major improvements" in the trade agreement pertaining to labor inspections.

Klobuchar said she would work to make sure that climate change provisions are included in future trade deals and that the best ways to tackle the issue are to reenter the Paris climate agreement, restore former President Obama's clean power rules and put a price on carbon. She argued that having no trade agreement with Canada and Mexico would put the U.S. at a disadvantage when trying to "pushing China to do better when it comes to climate change."

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (D-Mass.) also explained her vote in favor of Trump's North American trade deal, saying Democrats helped to improve the agreement and that it "makes things somewhat better for workers and for farmers."


"When I see a law that makes things somewhat better for hardworking people in this country, I say, 'I'll sign up for that.' And then I'll get up tomorrow morning and I'll start working hard for a better trade deal on climate," Warren said.

Another candidate, Tom SteyerTom SteyerBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Late donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls MORE, said he agreed with Sanders on the USMCA.

"Everybody wants to get into our market, and that's how we convince them that they've got to be right on climate too," Steyer said.