Thursday, March 20, 2008

Clinton is as Clinton does

In the Ohio primary, Obama and Hill were competing to see who could be more anti-trade, specifically anti-NAFTA. Obama suggested that Hillary was initially for NAFTA and was changing her view only now for political expediency (wherever could he have gotten that idea??).
Hill as is her wont, took great umbrage at an Obama mailer suggesting that she had been a NAFTA supporter. Here, let CNN remind you:

"Sen. Clinton has been going to great lengths on the campaign trail to distance herself from NAFTA," Obama said Sunday in Lorain, Ohio. "In her own book, Sen. Clinton called NAFTA one of 'Bill's successes' and 'legislative victories.' " "One million jobs have been lost because of NAFTA, including nearly 50,000 jobs here in Ohio. And yet, 10 years after NAFTA passed, Sen. Clinton said it was good for America. Well, I don't think NAFTA has been good for America -- and I never have," he said. The weekend feud kicked off when Clinton blasted recent mailings from the Obama camp, telling a crowd in Cincinnati, Ohio, an Obama mailing spread lies about her positions NAFTA.

The mailer says Clinton was a "champion" for NAFTA while first lady, but now opposes it. NAFTA was negotiated by the first President Bush and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

Citing a 2006 issue of New York Newsday, the mailer says Clinton thought NAFTA was a "boon" to the economy. The term "boon" was actually the paper's characterization of Clinton's stance, and not a quote from her.

"Bad trade deals like NAFTA hit Ohio harder than other states. Only Barack Obama consistently opposed NAFTA," the mailer says.

A visibly angry Clinton lashed out Saturday at Obama over the campaign literature that she said he knows is "blatantly false."

"Shame on you, Barack Obama," she said, adding that she is fighting to change NAFTA.

Well imagine my surprise to read yesterday that, according to her recently released records, Hill was indeed a NAFTA champion.

Shame on who, exactly?


Anonymous said...

"Shame on who, exactly?"

Both of them!

Shawn said...

anyone who believed them?