Obama still hopeful trade deal will pass despite 'noise' from presidential candidates

February 22, 2016 5:38 PM

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President Obama said Monday he’s counting on Republicans and a small number of Democrats in Congress to help him approve a free-trade deal with Pacific Rim nations this year, despite “noise” against the agreement from presidential candidates in both parties.

Speaking to the nation’s governors at the White House, Mr. Obama said he’s relying on Republican congressional leaders and “a set of strong, pro-trade Democrats who recognize the importance of trade to their economies” to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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