Monday, March 03, 2008

Obama NAFTA Flap Gets Worse

Last Thursday, a report came out of Canada's CTV that an unidentified Obama staffer had assured Canada's ambassador to the US that Obama's NAFTA talk was so much hot air. Obama's camp declared the report "implausible," and the Canadian diplomats seemed to deny the report.

Now a memo has surfaced [emphasis added]:
"Noting anxiety among many U.S. domestic audiences about the U.S. economic outlook, Goolsbee candidly acknowledged the protectionist sentiment that has emerged, particularly in the Midwest, during the primary campaign. He cautioned that this messaging should not be taken out of context and should be viewed as more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans."
"Goolsbee" is Obama adviser Austan Goolsbee, who says that memo-writer Joseph DeMora misinterpreted him, or quoted him out of context, or something.

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