Thursday, March 06, 2008

NAFTA-Gate: Clinton Not Obama

According to a report in today's U.K. Guardian, "A storm of reports in the Canadian media say that the NAFTA-gate flap last week involving Barack Obama was started by a key aide to Canada's prime minister who told journalists that Hillary Clinton's campaign.... not Obama's.... had contacted the Canadian government to play down its NAFTA-bashing."

When the aide, Ian Brodie, "stopped to chat with several journalists, and was surrounded by a group from CTV.... The conversation turned to the pledges to renegotiate the North American free-trade agreement made by the two Democratic contenders....

"Mr. Brodie, apparently seeking to play down the potential impact on Canada, told the reporters the threat was not serious, and that someone from Ms. Clinton's campaign had even contacted Canadian diplomats to tell them not to worry because the NAFTA threats were mostly political posturing."

So, Hillary had it both ways.... she was the one playing wink-wink with Canada on her public NAFTA hard-line stance, while Obama got the blame.

Do you really want 4 more years of these Billary games and dishonesty?!

And, speaking of dishonesty.... you've all heard Clinton's excuses for not releasing her tax returns. But, in 2000 when she was running for the Senate in New York, she hounded her opponent, Rick Lazio, for his tax return.

The Clinton campaign's Howard Wolfson even resorted to a dirty trick to make misleading headlines. The episode highlighted the effort by the Clinton campaign to question Lazio's character.... "It was a cheap political stunt."

You can read the full story here. (NYTimes)


Anonymous said...

This is not news or would not be buried some blog site. No named sources. Probably an Obama Cult Troll that works for the news made up this story. Just like NYT McCain Flap.

To Bad Obama's Nafta-Gate has sources and a memo that does have Obama lying about NAFTA-Obama-GATE

Anonymous said...

Yeah i heard Obama say he was going to BOMB Canada for telling America what kind of lying snake he is

Truth Hunter said...

Point taken on reference, so here is one from The Canadian Press in an article (there were many to choose from) by Beth Gorham entitled "Canada: Clinton Unsullied By Assurances Over NAFTA"

To quote: "There were renewed questions Thursday about the role of Hillary Clinton's campaign in a NAFTA controversy that has so far focused on Barack Obama and become a factor in his Democratic primary losses this week.

"Clinton's camp was mentioned from Day 1 in a report that the two candidates have been talking tough on the North American Free Trade Agreement in public while their aides privately told Canadians not to worry.

"That has become lost in a swirl of revelations that Clinton used to hammer Obama, costing him votes this week in Ohio....

"Clinton's people told Canadian officials to take her campaign with a grain of salt."

On the other hand, there is now denial by the Canadian government that Obama's aide made the reported comments to Harper's aide. Harper is conducting an investigation.

The really troubling aspect of this whole matter is the way the U.S. press jumped on Clinton's smear campaign without checking the facts, or at the very least the equal charges leveled at her.... and to date they are still not reporting fairly on this story that is a sensation in the Canadian press.

patrick said...

To annonymous. There are plenty of links and sources to the story of
Clinton's Nafta-Gate.
Try these