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Marcy Kaptur

The insider Pacific trade deal is a tough sell in an outsider year

The insider Pacific trade deal is a tough sell in an outsider year

In a political year distinguished by voter hunger for “outsiders,” the new Pacific trade agreement — the ultimate in insider deals — is shaping up to be a tough sell.

For presidential candidates in both parties, as well as members of Congress who may be asked to vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership sometime next year, the deal offers a lot not to like — aggrieved constituencies range across the political spectrum — and little immediate benefit. Although business groups and some influential industries support the agreement, few bring as much passion to the debate as the opponents.

As a result, congressional approval of...

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