In a key foreign policy speech Monday morning, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney claimed President Barack Obama “has not signed one new free trade agreement in the past four years,” and promised to “reverse that failure.”
However, Congress passed and Obama signed three major trade deals in 2011, giving American companies access to new markets in South Korea, Panama and Colombia. The Associated Press said the arrangements “could be worth billions to American exporters and create tens of thousands of jobs.” Even Fox News reported on it.
“[When] you get to the specifics, you don’t get the sense that he knows exactly what tools to use and how to operate within an international setting,” she said. “This is kind of typical of what the Romney campaign does, is kind of assert something that is simply not true.”
Still, ACTA’s remaining signatories include Austria, Mexico, France, South Korea, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Sweden, the U.K., Canada, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Morocco, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Bulgaria, Slovenia and more. The TPP treaty will also include Chile, New Zealand, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, Peru, Australia and Canada. The Obama administration also said it was in talks over a free trade agreement with the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
Though these treaties are controversial, it’s hard to make the case that they don’t exist at all. But as Romney campaign pollster Neil Newhouse said in August, the Republican’s run for the White House will not be “dictated by fact checkers” — a gaffe they seem determined to prove right.
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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