Obama pitches trade at Nike with jobs, labor rights at issue
PORTLAND, OR.- President Barack Obama is in Oregon to visit Nike headquarters to promote his trade agenda in an export-dependent region of the country.
The pitch at the giant athletic wear company is the latest in his uphill fight to win Democratic support for a massive Trans-Pacific commerce agreement.
The visit Friday is prompting protests from trade critics who point out Nike's massive outsourcing of manufacturing jobs. They say such offshore work exemplifies the U.S. job losses that free-trade agreements would cause.
Obama's case is built on three main arguments: The right trade deal will create jobs at home, counter China's economic influence abroad and raise labor and environmental standards by U.S. trading partners.
Of the 11 foreign countries engaged in the Trans-Pacific talks, Nike has contract factories in seven.