Obama: "I Believe In Free Trade"
by LindaSFNM, Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 12:19:27 PM EST
Ohio is being bombarded with another Obama attack on Hillary. I suspect he will do this for the remaining states Primaries as well, like he did with Universal Health Care for all mailer to Californians. This is a mass mailer claiming Hillary said "NAFTA was a boon for our economy". As you will see, and also note, Hillary never claimed to be pro NAFTA and Hillary has been campaigning for fair trade and was one of the very first to advise she would close the Corporate Loop Holes that are actually paying and incentive to shipping American jobs overseaas, but the paper that Obama is using for a quote clearly states it was their wording and haven't even found a quote from Hillary to suggest it.
Today, Sen. Obama will attack Hillary on NAFTA:
"You know, in the years after her husband signed NAFTA, Senator Clinton would go around talking about how great it was and how many benefits it would bring."-Obama
Sen. Obama and his campaign have consistently fabricated quotes to support this claim. Recently he falsely claimed that Hillary said that NAFTA was a "boon" to the economy. Now, Obama is resting his argument on a single paraphrase from an article written twelve years ago.
"We do not have a direct quote indicating her campaign told us she thought it was good for the economy at that time."-Newsday
"Obama's use of the citation in this way does strike us as misleading. The quote marks make it look as if Hillary said "boon," not us. It's an example of the kind of slim reeds campaigns use to try to win an office".-Newsday
Meanwhile, based on his positions in Illinois and the United States Senate, the National Journal concluded that Sen. Obama was "the most likely presidential candidate to support further trade liberalization." Sen. Obama opposed an amendment that would have prevented the weakening of laws that protect against unfair trade practices. (Hillary supported the amendment.) And Senator Obama's vote was a deciding vote, as there were exactly 60 Nays to reject the amendment.
"To prohibit weakening any law that provides safeguards from unfair foreign trade practices."
Obama (D-IL), Nay
Clinton (D-NY), Yea
Sen. Obama also supports fast track authority.
Sen. Obama also misrepresents Hillary's position on trade moving forward:
"Now that she’s running for President, she says we need a time-out on trade. No one knows when this time-out will end. Maybe after the election"-Obama.
Hillary has called for a timeout on trade agreements in the first several months of her presidency to provide an opportunity to systematically review every trade agreement to ensure that it is delivering benefits to American workers." The time-out will begin when she becomes president. This is consistent with legislation she introduced in the Senate that would require study of the impact of trade agreements. She has also pledged to double the enforcement staff at the office of the United States Trade Representative and expand the Trade Adjustment Assistance program so that workers negatively affected by the global economy get the help they need.
And Hillary was the first to be discussing these law changes, as even Whoopi admitted finding out when she announced her changed vote to Hillary on the air of The View.
As always, it is better to acknowledge ones own record and listen to what they actually do say, not what someone is claiming for another. So, I leave you with these final words that Senator Obama spoke the day before the New Hampshire Primary, after he proudly declared he did support Free Trade and that he supported adding Peru to the Free Trade Agreement.
Senator Obama: "I believe in the Free Market. I believe in Capitalism. I believe in Free Trade. I am not worried about us being able to compete anywhere on earth with American workers"-Obama. Too bad, at least Hillary does.
VIDEO of Obama's comments