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Fact Check: Marco Rubio Lies About Mexico Trade Deficit

Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) was asked about his deciding vote to give President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as “Fast-Track Authority”, to negotiate the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP, or ObamaTrade).

It’s apparent that Rubio is a big fan of ObamaTrade.

As seen in an exclusive video below, Evan Mulch asked Rubio, “if the TPP was truly about free trade and lowering tariffs, then why wouldn’t it be a one page document? Why is the TPP hundreds of pages long?”

“Wouldn’t it be in our best effort to repeal the North American Free Trade agreement (NAFTA), because NAFTA basically sent the manufacturing jobs to Mexico from the U.S.?” Mulch continued.

Rubio responded by defending Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) like NAFTA and said, “No, we have a trade surplus with virtually every country in the world that we have free trade with.”

Joshua Cook asked Curtis Ellis, who is an expert on TPP, what he thought about Rubio’s comment regard the U.S. having a trade surplus.

“It’s not true. It’s not right,” said Ellis. “The guy is either ignorant or he’s lying. This is a talking point put out by apologists for these free trade agreements.”

[See imports vs. exports 2015 : U.S. trade in goods with Mexico can be seen here. A very clear example is with South Korea.]

“He is repeating talking points given to him by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is knowingly trying to mislead us,” says Ellis.

For many, NAFTA has become a cautionary tale that warns people that these big treaties ultimately harm the U.S. economy.

According to New American Magazine:

“In 1993, the year before NAFTA went into effect, the United States had a $1.66 billion trade surplus with Mexico; by 1995, the first year after NAFTA had entered into force, that changed to a $15.8 billion deficit. By 2000, that annual deficit had soared to $24.5 billion, and by 2007 it hit $74.7 billion. For 2014, our trade deficit with Mexico dipped to only $53.8 billion. In 1993, the year before NAFTA, we imported around 225,000 cars and trucks from Mexico. By 2005, our imports of Mexican-made vehicles had tripled to 700,000 vehicles annually, and in 2012, Mexico’s export of vehicles to the United States surpassed 1.4 million. Chrysler, Ford, and GM transferred major production facilities (and jobs) from the United States to Mexico. Our trade deficits with Canada have followed a similar path since adoption of NAFTA.”

Many have attributed massive trade deficits, joblessness through outsourcing, and a decreased standard of American living to NAFTA and other corporate-led trade deals.

It is important to note that opposing these big “trade deals” is not protectionism. Ron Paul made it clear on why he opposed NAFTA, stating that what most politicians are promoting is “managed trade” not “free trade.”

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Exclusive Interview: Liberty Activists & the Left try to stop Trans-Pacific Partnership fast track

The Left and Tea Party members don’t agree on many things. But, National Public Radio reported that when it comes to trade and trade policies, liberals and Tea Party members are in agreement regarding the issue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

President Barack Obama said that he’d push to complete trade deals with both Asian and European nations, calling the deals “good for American business.”

According to NPR, negotiators from Pacific Rim nations assembled in Washington, D.C. to advance. In our nation’s capital, the negotiators were met with protesters from liberal groups representing environmental causes, unions and consumer advocacy groups.

Conservatives are also raising concerns about TPP, or at least how the President is handling these negotiations. Nineteen Republican congressmen sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, saying they would not support having Congress give the President “fast-track” authority to complete the negotiations.

That authority allows the President to have his representatives settle a deal with other countries’ negotiations, which are then brought before Congress for a straight yes-or-no vote, with no addition of amendments.

Here is the text of that letter:

As we enter into the Lame Duck session of Congress, we believe it is imperative that any efforts to grant Trade Promotion Authority(TPA), or Fast Track, to President Obama are tabled until at least after the new Congress is sworn in.

The American people have spoken loud and clear: they want a new direction for our country. The habitual abuses of power by this President have eroded the faith of the American people, who no longer trust his judgment or leadership. This sentiment was reflected in the mid-term elections, when the President’s agenda was soundly repudiated.

Because there aren’t enough votes in the House to pass TPA as a stand-alone bill, we understand that there are discussions of including TPA in a larger legislative package — either Tax Extenders or a Continuing Resolution — to be considered during the Lame Duck session of Congress. We believe that this is a bad idea.

More than 60 Members of the House will not be returning for the 114th Congress. We do not believe it is right to pass legislation that grants significant additional power to the Administration with votes cast by elected officials who can no longer be held accountable by the electorate.

It is evident from the outcome of this month’s elections that any efforts to grant TPA to the President during a Lame Duck session would be harmful to the trust that the American people just put in us at the ballot box. For that reason, we respectfully request that any consideration of Fast Track legislation be delayed until January when the 114th Congress is sworn in.

Liberty activist Jesse Graston told BenSwann.com’s Joshua Cook just how dangerous the TPP actually is. “It (TPP) will be essentially NAFTA on steroids,” said Graston.

Listen to the exclusive interview below: