Clinton’s speech and the evolution of her views on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Aug 12, 2016

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Warren this week to lay out her economic vision for the country. The speech was also intended to counter the speech given by her Republican rival, Donald Trump, at the Detroit Economic Club. 

Michigan State University economics professor Charley Ballard joins Stateside to break down the speech.

According to Ballard, there weren't many surprises, but the biggest headline was Clinton's strong opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The controversial proposed trade deal between the United States and 11 countries in the Pacific Rim is opposed by Trump and was originally something Clinton was in favor of. That all changed during the primary.

"She had formerly been in favor of [the Trans-Pacific Partnership]," said Ballard. "But Senator [Bernie] Sanders really made a big deal about that in his campaign and that pressure from the Sanders wing of the Democratic Party convinced Clinton to change her mind."

Ballard says there are some within the party who aren't convinced that Clinton will follow through on her opposition to the TPP.

Listen to the full interview above to hear the differences between the two speeches, and the contrasts between the two candidates' economic plans and how they apply to the state of Michigan.

Charley Ballard 
is a professor of economics at Michigan State University. He's also the director of the State of the State Survey.