The White House's decision to visit Nike's posh Oregon headquarters to tout the benefits of a massive new trade deal with Asia has human rights activists crying foul and predicting the move could actually cost him votes in Congress.

President Obama is furiously trying to win over recalcitrant Democrats and Republicans on the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership, a legacy-building trade deal essential to the administration's elusive foreign policy pivot to Asia.

The administration says the deal is critical to expanding U.S. exports and countering China's economic influence in the region, but opponents argue that it will send more jobs overseas — especially from areas like Baltimore and other former manufacturing hubs already hard hit by outsourcing.

Skeptics also say Obama is shooting himself in the foot with a trip to Nike's Beaverton, Ore. campus Friday to extol the virtues of free trade.

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