October 8, 2013 12:48 PM

Obama on Trans-Pacific trade talks: `I should have been there'

President Barack Obama said today that his absence at trade talks in Bali won't have lasting damage but represented a lost opportunity in his bid to wrap up the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. "I should have been there," Obama said at a White House news conference. Even though Obama decided to skip the talks, the White House said that the 12 countries negotiating the proposed TPP, as it's informally called, are "on track" to complete the deal. But critics of the pact said it's clearly in trouble and unlikely to be wrapped up by the end of the year.

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