“The most significant issue for us is the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Clinton team has said there’s absolutely no daylight between their position on TPP and ours,” Sanders policy director Warren Gunnels said. “We want to make that clear in the Democratic Party platform. That the TPP should not receive a vote in the lame-duck session and beyond. We just sent out a petition to our supporters and the American people asking that they sign that petition in support of that amendment. That’s what we’re focused on right now. But I do want to emphasize that we won some very important victories.”
Over the last week, Sanders allies and Clinton allies have traded barbs over whether the draft is truly a product of serious negotiating from both sides. Sanders drafting committee member Bill McKibben wrote an opinion piece for POLITICO arguing that the Clinton team “has been unwilling to commit to delivering specifics about fundamental change in America.”
“The Clinton campaign is at this point rhetorically committed to taking on our worst problems, but not willing to say how,” McKibben wrote. “Which is the slightly cynical way politicians have addressed issues for too long—and just the kind of slickness that the straightforward Sanders campaign rejected.”
Sanders and his allies point to areas like climate change as examples of the Clinton team’s unwillingness to commit to specifics.