The Campaign Spot

Obama’s Campaign Pledge on NAFTA Reaches Its Expiration Date

OBAMA’S STATEMENT: 

Tim Russert:: Senator Obama . . .  Simple question: Will you, as president, say to Canada and Mexico, “This has not worked for us; we are out”?

Obama: “I will make sure that we renegotiate, in the same way that Senator Clinton talked about. And I think actually Senator Clinton’s answer on this one is right. I think we should use the hammer of a potential opt-out as leverage to ensure that we actually get labor and environmental standards that are enforced. And that is not what has been happening so far.” February 23, 2008

FINAL EXPIRATION DATE:  “The Obama administration said on Monday that it had no plans to reopen negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement to revise its labor and environmental provisions, as then-Senator Barack Obama promised to do during his presidential campaign. ‘The president has said we will look at all of our options, but I think they can be addressed without having to reopen the agreement,’ said Ronald Kirk, the United States trade representative.” April 20, 2009

All statements from Barack Obama come with an expiration date. All of them.

Notice the emphasis in that debate — he will “make sure” the U.S. renegotiates NAFTA.

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