The Clinton campaign is fighting back against Obama's camp for suggesting that Hillary said that NAFTA was a "boon" to the U.S. economy. It appears Obama's campaign is using a paraphrased quote from Newsday, which clarified the issue thusly:
Because it's raised questions -- with Clinton criticizing Obama for making "false claims" in the mail piece -- we've looked into the chart. In it, we did not have the Clinton campaign using the word "boon" in describing NAFTA. The word was our characterization of how we best understood her position on NAFTA, based on a review of past stories and her public statements.So, unless Newsday completely mischaracterized Hillary's remarks, they had the general vibe that she was in support of the trade pact put into law by her husband. But now she's trying to hold on to Ohio, where NAFTA is anathema. (Hey, that's good!)
Greg Brady also regrets that exact words were not used.
Wait until Obama starts telling the wage earners of Ohio that Hillary wants to go after their wages.
Then she'll really be upset!
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