Friday, June 20, 2008

Misunderstanding responsible for Obama Canada NAFTA assurances

Obama Denies Assuring Canada on NAFTA
March 3, 2008 - 6:47pm
Associated Press Writer

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Barack Obama said Monday that his campaign never gave Canada back-channel assurances that his harsh words about the North American Free Trade Agreement were for political show _ despite the disclosure of a Canadian memo indicating otherwise.

According to the memo obtained by The Associated Press, Obama's senior economic adviser told Canadian officials in Chicago that the debate over free trade in the Democratic presidential primary campaign was "political positioning" and that Obama was not really protectionist.

The adviser, Austan Goolsbee, said his comments to those officials were misinterpreted by the author, Joseph DeMora, who works for the Canadian consulate in Chicago and attended the meeting.

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