Thursday, June 19, 2008

Barack Obama Flip-Flopping On NAFTA

From the Wall Street Journal, Best of the Web:
Fortune magazine reports that Barack Obama is publicly backing away from his stated opposition to Nafta, confirming the private assurances he reportedly offered Canadians that he didn't really mean it:
In an interview with Fortune to be featured in the magazine's upcoming issue, the presumptive Democratic nominee backed off his harshest attacks on the free trade agreement and indicated he didn't want to unilaterally reopen negotiations on NAFTA.

"Sometimes during campaigns the rhetoric gets overheated and amplified," he conceded, after I reminded him that he had called NAFTA "devastating" and "a big mistake," despite nonpartisan studies concluding that the trade zone has had a mild, positive effect on the U.S. economy.

Does that mean his rhetoric was overheated and amplified?

"Politicians are always guilty of that, and I don't exempt myself," he answered.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." Just words--just words!

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself." Just words!

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Just words!

"I have a dream." Just words!

"Only Barack Obama consistently opposed NAFTA!" Just words!

Source - WSJ, Best of the Web

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