While in Israel last week, Sen. Sherrod Brown took the time to comment on the status of the stalled trade deal between the United States and South Korea - with a somewhat different take.

It appeared to many that President Barack Obama badly wanted to come away from his visit to South Korea with a finalized trade treaty between the two countries - and thought that not doing so was a failure.

Not so, said Brown, an Ohio Democrat and a frequent critic of free-trade agreements. The trade deal as it stood would also "leave the door open for China and other countries" to export cheaper products to the United States without giving U.S. auto companies greater access to South Korea's market.

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