Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with reporters as she campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, Iowa

Clinton faces early test on U.S.-Pacific Rim trade deal fight

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with reporters as she campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, IowaBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Less than a week after formally launching her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton is already being tested on a thorny issue for Democrats: free-trade deals and their impact on workers. On Thursday, the debate rose to a full boil when members of Congress from both parties announced legislation that would give President Barack Obama the “fast-track” trade negotiating authority he needs to complete a massive Asia-Pacific free-trade deal. Over two days of campaigning in Iowa this week, where she discussed economics, Clinton, who is the commanding front-runner to be the Democratic nominee for the 2016 election, uttered not a word about the potential Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries.

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