Bush Boosts Battered NAFTA at Summit

Trading partners meet in New Orleans
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 3:25 AM CDT
President Bush visits with students and teachers from New Orleans schools, Monday, at Louis Armstrong International Airport. The president traveled to New Orleans to attend the fourth annual North American...   (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni)
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(Newser) – President Bush yesterday opened a two-day economic summit in New Orleans with Mexico and Canada amid growing hostility to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is widely blamed for US job losses. Bush is using the meeting with the trillion-dollar trading partners to highlight support for NAFTA as the 14-year-pact is repeatedly roasted on the Democratic campaign trail.

"We want to find ways to convince the American people that this is an arrangement that's worked for us and it's also worked for our neighbors," said a White House spokesman. "It's a win-win situation."