Jun 13, 2015 12:05 PM

Democrat Martin O'Malley objects to "bad trade deals" in Portsmouth appearance

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH - While Hillary Rodham Clinton puts the final touches on her widely anticipated speech in New York, campaign rival Martin O'Malley is practicing some retail politics in New Hampshire.

The former Maryland governor is hanging out at a Democratic Party tent at an annual festival in downtown Portsmouth. It's the first of several stops he plans to make in the early voting state on Saturday.

Among the questions from voters was one on trade, and O'Malley says, "I think we should stop doing bad trade deals, and we have to do more to reign in recklessness on Wall Street."

O'Malley is an opponent of giving President Barack Obama "fast track" trade authorization, which would allow Congress to accept or reject a trade deal but not amend it. The legislation stalled in Congress on Friday and was opposed by organized labor, liberals and others. Clinton has yet to taken a firm position on the deal.


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