Clinton Slams Obama Over Nafta Talk

Report: Aide assured Canada the candidate was only 'positioning'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2008 3:10 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a Columbus town hall meeting Sunday, March 2, 2008, in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton hammered Barack Obama today over reports that his chief economic adviser privately told Canadian officials anti-Nafta talk was “more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy.” The simmering story lurched forward today when the AP obtained the Canadian memo, reports Talking Points Memo. Obama's aide called the memo “a pretty ham-handed description of what I answered.”

Wary of Nafta’s hot-button status in Ohio, Clinton said, “I don’t think people should tell the people of Ohio one thing and then have your campaign tell a foreign government something else.” Though the aide maintains the memo is “completely crazy,” the report contradicts earlier denials by Obama’s campaign that any conversation happened.