More on that Canadian Television Story About Obama and NAFTA

By Jennifer Parker

Feb 29, 2008 7:56am

The latest from Canadian Television (LINK ) on that story that a senior member of Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign team had reached out to the Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. to tell him not to take seriously Obama’s fiery anti-NAFTA rhetoric includes questions about a conversation on this subject between Obama senior economic adviser Austan Goolsbee and the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago.

"I don’t think it’s appropriate to go to Ohio and tell people one thing while your aide is calling the Canadian ambassador and telling him something else," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told us yesterday as we flew from Houston to Dallas. "I certainly don’t think that’s straight talk."

ABC News’ Jennifer Parker spoke to Goolsbee, a University of Chicago economics professor, Thursday who would not confirm or deny that he had a conversation with Georges Rioux, the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago.

"They contacted me at one point to say ‘hello’ because their office is around the corner but it is not correct that I contacted them at all," Goolsbee told ABC News Thursday.

Rioux, in meetings this week in Ottawa, would also neither confirm nor deny any conversation took place. Both men did say that they know each other.

Both Obama and the Canadian Embassy have denied that the CTV story is true.

- jpt

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