CTV Calls Bullshit on Obama’s NAFTA Denial

It seems that the Obama campaign has issued a non denial denial, as TPM is calling it. However CTV, the Canadian News channel that first reported the story is sticking firm to its reporting. In fact, not only do they stand by their story, they have released the specific names of the people who spoke

The Obama campaign told CTV late Thursday night that no message was passed to the Canadian government that suggests that Obama does not mean what he says about opting out of NAFTA if it is not renegotiated.

However, the Obama camp did not respond to repeated questions from CTV on reports that a conversation on this matter was held between Obama’s senior economic adviser — Austan Goolsbee — and the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago.

Earlier Thursday, the Obama campaign insisted that no conversations have taken place with any of its senior ranks and representatives of the Canadian government on the NAFTA issue. On Thursday night, CTV spoke with Goolsbee, but he refused to say whether he had such a conversation with the Canadian government office in Chicago. He also said he has been told to direct any question to the campaign headquarters.

As Scooby Doo would say, Ruh-roh!

Obama’s Wink and Nod on NAFTA

UPDATE: Here’s the video

Per TPM

Within the last month, a top staff member for Obama’s campaign telephoned Michael Wilson, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, and warned him that Obama would speak out against NAFTA, according to Canadian sources.The staff member reassured Wilson that the criticisms would only be campaign rhetoric, and should not be taken at face value.

But Tuesday night in Ohio, where NAFTA is blamed for massive job losses, Obama said he would tell Canada and Mexico “that we will opt out unless we renegotiate the core labour and environmental standards.”

Late Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Obama campaign said the staff member’s warning to Wilson sounded implausible, but did not deny that contact had been made.

“Senator Obama does not make promises he doesn’t intend to keep,” the spokesperson said.

Low-level sources also suggested the Clinton campaign may have given a similar warning to Ottawa, but a Clinton spokesperson flatly denied the claim.

I find it humorous that all of these protectionists that are on Obama’s side overlook the fact that Barack Obama is a strong proponent of Free Trade. On the other hand Hillary Clinton was never a supporter of NAFTA…oh but her husband was. Yeah thats not sexism… * rolls eyes *

Of course the people that falsely purport this “Billary” smear are the ones who say “Oh if you’re going to take credit for the good things of the Clinton admininstration you need to take responsibility for the bad.”, but then say “oh you’re not your husband” when ever Hillary makes a claim about experience or Clintonian politics that produced the most prosperous decade in 30 or 40 years.

Clinton critics need to make up their mind. You can either give her all of the good and the bad from the 90’s or none of the good or the bad from the nineties. I’m comfortable arguing in either framework

D’ough(!)nuts

Remember when the media used to report on news instead of this?

If your eyes glazed over at revelations that Hillary Rodham Clinton used $1,200 from her campaign war chest to splurge on Dunkin’ Donuts, that expense turns out to be just the icing on the cake.

An hourlong investigation by The New York Times has found, in the 10 months ending in January, that the Clinton campaign reported expenditures of $1,884.83 at Dunkin’ Donuts in New Hampshire and Florida (which she won) and in Virginia (which she didn’t), and $504.02 at Krispy Kreme stores in South Carolina (which she also lost). So much for dollars to doughnuts. Or just desserts.

Her bakery bills totaled $5,950.53 (at Dunkin’ prices, about 12,000 doughnuts). Andrea Rowell, assistant manager at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Concord, N.H., where the campaign spent $273 one day last month, said the workers ordered coffee, too. “It wasn’t just doughnuts,” she said.

The second biggest bakery spender was Christopher J. Dodd: $3,301.22 in Washington and Jersey City. Barack Obama’s campaign invested $723.64 at a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts outlets and $1,877.28 at all bakeries. John Edwards dipped into his coffers for $253.04 at Dunkin’.

Among the Republicans, John McCain trailed Mitt Romney — $923.70 to $992.91 — in Dunkin’ Donuts bills, but spent $116.79 on Krispy Kremes in Reno, Nev., to put him ahead. Ron Paul’s doughnut bills totaled $108.07. Rudolph W. Giuliani’s campaign didn’t itemize doughnuts, but listed a $5,100 bill at Bouchon Bakery in Las Vegas.

Star Trek Rumor

Because I love you

George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu on the original “Star Trek” and now serves as announcer on Sirius’ Howard Stern radio show, recently had lunch with J.J. Abrams, Takei tells Sirius’ Howard 100 News.Asked if he would be in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Trek” feature with Leonard Nimoy, Takei would only issue a “no comment.”

Is Abrams to reunite members of the original cast? William Shatner has admitted he and Abrams met on the “Boston Legal” set shortly before Abrams’ involvement in the “Star Trek” franchise was announced – but both Abrams and Shatner continue to deny that Shatner will be in the movie, which reportedly deals with time travel and hits cinemas in 2009.

When asked why he won’t be in Abrams’ movie, Shatner (who turns 77 in less than a month) likes to point out that his character, Jim Kirk, died in the seventh “Star Trek” feature.

Shatner has co-written a slew of novels for Simon & Shuster that deal with a resurrected Kirk subsequent to the events of “Star Trek: Generations.”

Clinton, Obama knife fight

Except using two brothers as surrogates. Phew. This race is getting tough

The race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination continues to heat up — but in one Montgomery County, Pa. household, the debate turned violent.

Prosecutors say that two brothers-in-law tried to settle the presidential race on the kitchen floor of a Collegeville, Pa. home.

Jose Ortiz, 28, is now behind bars on felony assault charges after prosecutors say he stabbed Sean Shurelds inside a home in the 100 block of Honeylocust Court.

District attorney Risa Ferman says a heated debate over the candidates escalated into violence:

“One is a supporter of Barack Obama, the other is a supporter of Hillary Clinton, and an argument of words turned bloody when one brother-in-law tried to choke the other and the victim then responded with a knife and stabbed his brother-in-law in the stomach.”