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NAFTA was supported by Ronald Reagan and signed into law by Bill Clinton, but bipartisan support for free trade is an illusion. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have made it an issue in both presidential campaigns, and it's a powerful wedge between Democrats today in California.

Later on the program, since all the other candidates have dropped out, Donald Trump will be staging his own, uncontested, nominating convention this summer in Cleveland. We look at the history of conventions with candidates still fighting it out long after the primaries were over.

Photo: Donald Trump says he's "never eating another Oreo again" because its parent company, Nabisco, is moving to Mexico.

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Evan George
Sasa Woodruff

Democrats Campaign Furiously Up to Primary Day 6 MIN, 30 SEC

As Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are campaigning furiously today in California, it looks like the Democrats could be in for one of those this year. Sanders says he will carry on — regardless of whether he wins or loses tomorrow's primary.

Guests:
Ken Thomas, Associated Press (@kthomasdc)
Peter Nicholas, Wall Street Journal (@PeterWSJ)

More:
Thomas on Sanders' prediction of a contested Democratic convention
Nicholas on Sanders' camp being split over the next step

NAFTA and the Road to the White House 33 MIN, 3 SEC

The North American Free Trade Agreement is 22 years old — but Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have put it back in the headlines. They attack it for putting Americans out of work by sending jobs to Mexico. Bill Clinton signed NAFTA, making it awkward for Hillary, especially in California. Economists say free trade is what they call "a net benefit" to the US economy, but until now, there's been more emphasis on the gain than there's been on the pain. With the Trans Pacific Partnership not yet submitted to Congress, we get a reality check on an issue that won't go away. 

Guests:
Nelson Schwartz, New York Times (@NelsonSchwartz)
Gary Hufbauer, Peterson Institute for International Economics (@PIIE_com)
Russell Roberts, Stanford University / EconTalk (@econtalker)

More:
Schwartz on the human impact of Indianapolis' Carrier factory closing
Schwartz on economic promises a President Trump could (and couldn’t) keep
Hufbauer on NAFTA at 20: Misleading Charges and Positive Achievements
Roberts on protectionism, economic terrorism

The Choice

Russell Roberts

Does a Contested Democratic Convention Jeopardize the Nominee? 10 MIN, 24 SEC

Donald Trump has outraged members of his own party by saying that the race of federal judges could determine whether they're qualified to hear certain cases. But even John McCain has finally endorsed him, and there won't be a contest at this year's Republican convention.


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The Democrats may be in for something different, with Bernie Sanders promising that the convention will be "contested" — regardless of whether he wins or loses tomorrow in California. That raises the question of what that might look like. Ron Elving, senior editor and political correspondent at NPR's Washington Desk, revisits contested conventions in the past.

Guests:
Ron Elving, NPR (@NPRrelving)

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