Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls on front-runner Hillary Clinton to 'side with unions' against passage of a trade bill set for review in the House next week. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday (June 14) warned against passage of a trade bill that will go under review in the U.S. House of Representatives next week. Lawmakers are expected to try to reverse Friday's defeat of linchpin trade legislation backed by President Barack Obama who had sought "fast-track" authority central to improving U.S. ties with Asia. House Democrats disregarded Obama's personal pleas and teamed up with Republicans, for different reasons, to overwhelmingly defeat a program that helps American workers who lose their jobs as a result of trade deals. "Corporate America and Wall Street are going to bring that bill back to the House next week," Sanders told the CBS news show Face the Nation. "I would hope very much Secretary (Hillary) Clinton will side with every union in this country, virtually every environmental group, many religious groups," Sanders said in reference to fellow Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, "and say that this TPP policy is a disaster," he continued, in reference to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal which Obama wants to 'fast track' authority to negotiate. Sanders, an independent from Vermont, launched a long-shot bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination last week, a move likely to pressure Hillary Clinton from the left on issues from income inequality to corporate governance. Sanders, one of the most outspoken liberals in Congress, called for rebuilding the middle class and reducing the influence of wealthy Americans and businesses on U.S. elections. The 73-year-old has highlighted his fight against authorizing the Iraq war, which Clinton voted for as a senator, and his opposition to trade deals that liberals and labor unions fear could hurt American workers. Clinton has not expressed her position but said trade deals should help workers and protect U.S. security.