Obama went on record that he was supporting NAFTA expansion months ago. In fact, as David Sirota reported at the time, Obama was “the first presidential candidate to officially declare his/her support for the NAFTA expansion moving through the Congress.” Sirota wrote:
His announcement is not necessarily surprising, considering he was the keynote speaker at the launch of the Hamilton Project — a Wall Street front group working to drive a wedge between Democrats and organized labor on globalization issues. His announcement comes just days after a Wall Street Journal poll found strong bipartisan opposition to lobbyist-written NAFTA-style trade policies.
Barack Obama always seems to want to have his cake and eat it too. As I have noted here many times in the past, Obama claims he was against the war in Iraq, but he voted to fund it and he voted against Kerry Feingold. Now he’s attacking Hillary Clinton for NAFTA and his voting record is identical to hers.
Obama’s NAFTA mailer “falsely claims that Hillary said NAFTA was a “boon” to the economy,” but Hillary Clinton actually never said that it was. This is not the first time Obama has used a NAFTA mailer against Clinton. In both mailers the Obama camp based their claim on a quote from a 2006 Newsday article that characterized Clinton’s views “without any substantiation.” In fact, Newsday has recently said that “the Obama campaign’s use of their article was “misleading,”” and Politico “called the Obama campaign’s use of the quote “bogus.“”
Here we see once again that contrary to his claims, Barack Obama is running a dirty campaign, which Clinton pointed out today. My saying this here will no doubt rear the hackles of Obama supporters, but so be it. Point blank in my opinion, Barack Obama is a hypocrite on NAFTA, Iraq, health care and most of all on his claims to be above the fray.