Politics & Policy

Huntsman Spars with the DNC

The DNC has released a web video, “Don’t Take It From Us” that highlights Jon Huntsman’s criticisms of some of his GOP rivals on This Week Sunday:

In a blog post up today, Huntsman focuses on Obama’s failure to pass a free trade agreement:

Over the past few weeks, I’ve noted with interest that once again the President has been advocating free trade agreements as a key pillar of his absent job creation “plan.” But this is another example where the President’s record fails to match his rhetoric. In fact, after 2.5 years in office the President still hasn’t even submitted the free trade agreements to Congress.

From the day of his inauguration, President Obama has unnecessarily delayed America’s recovery by stifling critical negotiated trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, which his own Administration acknowledges would boost the nation’s exports by more than $10 billion and create tens of thousands of American jobs.

The President delivers fantastic speeches on free trade in the abstract, saying in last year’s State of the Union address that “we will lose the chance to create jobs on our shores” if Washington fails to act. But the fierce urgency of the President’s free trade pitch must have been lost, because for the last 2.5 years he has refused to submit the deals for legislative approval unless the measures were coupled with expanded funding for a union-backed entitlement program.

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Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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