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Obama staffer gave warning of NAFTA rhetoric
CTVNews ^ | Wed. Feb. 27 2008 11:45 PM ET | News Staff

Posted on 06/19/2012 10:06:33 AM PDT by lormand

Barack Obama has ratcheted up his attacks on NAFTA, but a senior member of his campaign team told a Canadian official not to take his criticisms seriously, CTV News has learned.

Both Obama and Hillary Clinton have been critical of the long-standing North American Free Trade Agreement over the course of the Democratic primaries, saying that the deal has cost U.S. workers' jobs.

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.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: lie; lies; nafta; obama
This story took place in early 2008, but was the first time I recall that a blatant lie was caught by a media outlet. However, like the Jennifer Flowers episode with BJ Clinton, the media willingly ignored it and kept up the cheerleading for 0'blame'0.
1 posted on 06/19/2012 10:06:37 AM PDT by lormand
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To: lormand

It was New Mexico’s Bill Richardson who pushed NAFTA through for Bill Clinton, and now Hillary is pretending not to like it. What a joke these people are.

2 posted on 06/19/2012 10:12:13 AM PDT by pallis
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To: lormand

NAFTA was a total and absolute screw job on Americans; save the elities, of course. Any bloviating by the Kenyan or Hillary is strictly political posturing.

3 posted on 06/19/2012 10:27:41 AM PDT by ransacked
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To: lormand

File this under “Why he will lose Ohio”.

Whether you love NAFTA or hate it, Ohioans (and voters in general) cannot stand to be lied to and to be smugly treated like irrelevant morons.

4 posted on 06/19/2012 10:36:24 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

The purpose of me posting this story is NOT about NAFTA, it is about the pattern of saying one thing in public, and saying something different in private. This is the pattern of ALL democRAT campaigns.

5 posted on 06/19/2012 10:50:31 AM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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