In Ohio, Clinton opposes Obama auto parts trade standard

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Hillary Clinton wants tougher rules on auto imports than the Obama administration negotiated in a sweeping Pacific trade deal that she supported as secretary of state but opposes as a presidential candidate.

Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, automobiles could be imported into the U.S. tax-free even if most of their parts were made abroad. That's drawn opposition from auto-state senators, such as Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown.

Clinton is campaigning with Brown in Youngstown, Ohio, on Saturday, and joining his call for a higher standard for domestic auto parts, according to her campaign.

The Democratic presidential contender came out against the trade agreement in the fall, driving a wedge between President Barack Obama and herself.

As his secretary of state, she had advocated for the agreement dozens of times as it took shape.