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

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