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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS-- With NAFTA a key issue in Tuesday's balloting-especially in Ohio, Hillary Rodham Clinton turns up the heat about comments Barack Obama's key economic advisor Austan Goolsbee--a University of Chicago professor--made during a visit to the Canadian Consulate office in Chicago. After the Obama campaign downplayed the meeting--and noted that the Canadian government might just be trying to help the Republicans--Associated Press ace Nedra Pickler surfaces a detailed memo about the meeting.

Clinton comment on Monday:
"I think that after days of denial, the Obama campaign was confronted with a memo of a meeting - it was my understanding - in which there was a discussion of NAFTA. And it raises questions about Senator Obama coming to Ohio and giving speeches about NAFTA and having his chief economic advisor tell the Canadian government that it was just political rhetoric. "

Obama spokesman Bill Burton reply.
“Senator Clinton knows full well that she's not telling the truth on this story, and that her blatant distortion is just part of her campaign's stated strategy to throw the kitchen sink at Senator Obama in the closing days of this campaign. The truth is, Senator Clinton called NAFTA a victory and has switched positions for raw political reasons. Her false attack won't protect American workers, but as President, Senator Obama will."


Statement from Hillary Clinton

In a press availability this morning, Hillary Clinton made the following remarks regarding a memo that has surfaced confirming communication between Sen. Obama’s top economic advisor, Austan Goolsbee and the Canadian embassy about NAFTA.

I think that after days of denial, the Obama campaign was confronted with a memo of a meeting - it was my understanding - in which there was a discussion of NAFTA. And it raises questions about Senator Obama coming to Ohio and giving speeches about NAFTA and having his chief economic advisor tell the Canadian government that it was just political rhetoric.

I don’t think people should come to Ohio and tell the people of Ohio one thing and then have your campaign tell a foreign government something else behind closed doors. That’s the kind of difference between talk and action and that I’ve been pointing out in this campaign. I think the questions should be directed at Senator Obama.

I don’t think people should come to Ohio and you both give speeches that are very critical of NAFTA and you send out misleading and false information about my positions regarding NAFTA and then we find out that your chief economic advisor has gone to a foreign government and basically done the old wink-wink, don’t pay any attention this is just political rhetoric.

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It's simple. The Canadian leadership wants NAFTA in place, and wants Clinton or McCain to win, so they slam Obama.

Watch this VIDEO: NAFTA, McCain, Clinton and Change:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH6shHjrhAg

What is it with Hilary and her campaign team that they feel all that is important is personal attacks rather than POLICY?

One reason! and the reason why people want CHANGE this is the Politics of THE PAST and that about sums up Hilary.

The campaign has become a little troublling. Is there anything Mrs. HRC won't try. She see herself behind in the poll and the election, so she will do just about anything short of killing Barack, to get the nomination of the party. She doesn't see all of this is just giving the Republicans more thing to try to pile on Barack. Mrs. Carperbagger from New York. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE start packing it up. It's over. If you start packing now you will have a chance in four years to try again. Continuin g this sad campaign will only make voters like me that much more incline not to support you. Let's talk about experience. If you take the 12 year Bill was Gov of Arkansas and 8 year as President that gives you 20 of laying on your back and being a wife. THAT IS NOT EXPERIENCE. Thats call being a WIFE. So, your experience does not trump Barack experience. You and Barack has about the same amount of experience. Just becqause he was in the State house doesn't mean he didn't get no experience. So, just start packing and we will see you in four yesrs.


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