NAFTA SHAFTA

By Nitya

Mar 3, 2008 7:14am

The AP’s Nedra Pickler obtained a Canadian government memo written after the senior economic adviser to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, met with members of the Canadian consulate — a memo that seems to back up the Canadian Television story and ABC News follow-up reports indicating that Obama’s campaign sent signals to our neighbors to the North that his anti-NAFTA rhetoric should not be taken seriously.

Obama adviser Austan Goolsbee’s comments were summed up by Canadian consulate staffer Joseph DeMora this way: "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 disputed the characterization, telling the AP, "this thing about `it’s more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans,’ that’s this guy’s language. He’s not quoting me….I certainly did not use that phrase in any way."

The Obama campaign over the weekend falsely claimed the CTV story had been "retracted." It has not.

And in fact, the story seems today more alive than ever. That is, if the press does its job.

If.

- jpt

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