Clinton comes out against TPP. graphic via ABC News on Twitter

Clinton comes out against TPP.
graphic via ABC News on Twitter

A White House official told MSNBC that Clinton’s staff gave the president’s team a heads up Wednesday, but would not go into more details. “The politics of the trade issue, particularly on the Democratic side of the aisle, are really tough,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest noted earlier Wednesday during his daily briefing. [MSNBC]

WHAT MOVED candidate Hillary Clinton to come out against TPP, which from 2009-2013 she supported? Both Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley were eager to make sure everyone knows she’s late to the party.

From Alex Seitz-Wald

“I’ll let the American people determine who has credibility or not [on this issue],” Sanders told reporters after a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington. “I’m glad that she reached that conclusion. This is a conclusion I reached on day one.”

“I can simply say that I am delighted that Secretary Clinton is on-board with opposition to the TPP — to be very frank with you, it would’ve been more helpful to have her on board a few months ago,” he added.

O’Malley wasted no time in exploiting Clinton’s announcement… “Wow! That’s a reversal! I was against the Trans-Pacific Partnership months and months ago,” he said. “Secretary Clinton can justify her own reversal of opinion on this, but I didn’t have one opinion eight months ago and switch that opinion on the eve of debates.”

It was a whisper in the ear of labor, who was about to hear Vice President Joe Biden speak about the time Clinton made her announcement on TPP.

If you don’t think contested primaries matter, this should change your mind forever. Because it’s very hard to believe Clinton would have made this decision if Sanders wasn’t squeezing her on the left.

On TPP, now it’s Joe Biden out there alone on a trade deal that President Obama battled hard to make happen, though it still faces strong push back in Congress.

From PBS, with Judy Woodruff

Speaking at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, as part of a two-day swing through the leadoff caucus state, Clinton said that she’s worried “about currency manipulation not being part of the agreement” and that “pharmaceutical companies may have gotten more benefits and patients fewer.”

“As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it,” Clinton said, later adding, “I don’t believe it’s going to meet the high bar I have set.”

“As of today,” I wonder if that will give anyone pause.