Dem rep says vulnerable lawmakers shouldn't fear trade vote

A moderate Democratic lawmaker tells The Hill that vulnerable House members on both sides of the aisle shouldn't be dissuaded from supporting a key trade bill because of the threat of a primary fight.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) — who survived a primary challenge a decade ago after supporting the Central America Free Trade Agreement — says the pending vote to grant Trade Promotion Authority to President Obama will be tough for Republicans and Democrats.


"This fight becomes a primary fight, whether it's on the Republican side or the Democrat side — and I understand that, but I think that we just got to understand that we got to do what right for the country," Cuellar said in an interview with The Hill's Molly K. Hooper.

Cuellar is one of 19 House Democrats to announce his support for TPA.

Please watch the video above to hear Cuellar in his own words.