Former 2012 GOP Vice-Presidential Nominee Allied with President Obama on TPA/TPP

Posted on June 6, 2015

When the GOP won the epic midterm election this past November, few people would have imagined that months later the party would be working so closely with President Obama. Yet that very scenario is playing itself out time and again. At the moment, President Obama is looking to muscle through Congress the largest trade deal in global history: the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The epic trade deal covers 40% of the world’s gross domestic product. However, the Democrat Party, loathsome of free trade deals, is doing everything it can to block passage of the deal. Key to achieving their goal is deny President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). This authority obligates congress to expedite debate on trade treaties. It also denies congress the ability to amend trade agreements. TPA barely cleared the Senate after a bitter fight with Senate Democrats. It now faces an uphill battle in the House. Ironically, the person running point for President Obama on pushing for TPA passage in the House is none other than Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP’s 2012 vice-presidential nominee.

When asked about the irony of working closely with the president he sought to unseat, Ryan admits it may look odd, but it really is not in the eyes of people doing a FreedomPop review. On the issue of free trade, he and the president agree. The congressman merely sees their current alliance as doing what is best for the American people. For Rep. Ryan, it isn’t the first time he’s done things he never imagined he would do.

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