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March 8, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose government was already tangled in a controversy over a memo on Barack Obama's NAFTA position, denied Friday that Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign had delivered back-channel assurances to Canadian officials that her criticisms of NAFTA should be taken "with a grain of salt. " The Canadian Press news agency reported Wednesday that Harper's chief of staff, Ian Brodie, last week said someone in Clinton's campaign had called to tell Canada "not to worry" about her campaign comments about reopening the North American Free Trade Agreement.
March 3, 2008 | Louise Roug and Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writers
With less than two days to go before Tuesday's crucial primary elections, Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama barnstormed across Ohio on Sunday, with Clinton seeking to shore up support in a state where she holds a slim lead in the polls and Obama deriding his Senate colleague for her "experience" in foreign policy.
March 3, 2008 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
Four campaign seasons have come and gone since presidential hopeful H. Ross Perot warned that NAFTA would create a "giant sucking sound" of jobs going to Mexico, and the trade pact is still generating plenty of noise. Calls to renegotiate the 14-year-old deal are rising from both sides of the border. Thousands of protesters paralyzed traffic in Mexico's capital in January to demand a redo of the pact, which they said had hurt Mexican farmers. In the U.S.
February 29, 2008 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama have become tough critics of U.S. trade policy as they campaign in Ohio, a state battered by trade-related job losses that holds a crucial presidential primary Tuesday. In most of their exchanges on the issue, each candidate has accused the other of having spoken in positive terms about the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact that is extremely unpopular among Ohio's blue-collar workers.
February 28, 2008
The 14-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement has become a hot issue in this year's Democratic presidential campaign -- in Ohio, at least. When Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama hit the hustings in the Buckeye State, they compete to be NAFTA's biggest critic. But when they jet to Texas, which is also holding its primary Tuesday, the candidates have little or nothing to say about the pact. The disparity illustrates two truths about major trade deals: They're a magnet for pandering, and they produce both winners and losers.
February 27, 2008 | Cathleen Decker and Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writers
Toughening their stances as they appealed for votes in economically stricken Ohio, Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that they would use the threat of opting out of the North American Free Trade Agreement to substantially renegotiate the treaty. In a debate that was contentious -- between the candidates, and between Clinton and her questioners -- the two did not explicitly say that they would push for NAFTA to be rescinded.
February 26, 2008 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
With two polls showing Hillary Rodham Clinton's lead shrinking in the critical Ohio primary, her campaign escalated attacks on her opponent, Barack Obama, on Monday, accusing him of distorting his record -- and hers -- on the regionally important issue of trade. Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson accused Obama of presenting himself as an opponent of the North American Free Trade Agreement, though he had made positive remarks about the treaty when running for the Senate in 2004.
January 3, 2008 | Hector Tobar, Times Staff Writer
Farmers in this country organized scattered protests Tuesday and Wednesday as the final trade barriers on U.S. corn, beans, sugar and milk fell with the full implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement on New Year's Day. Corn and beans are staples of the Mexican diet and subsistence crops for millions of farmers. Opponents of NAFTA said the free entry of relatively cheap U.S. corn would devastate rural Mexico and help spur more immigration.
November 30, 2007 | Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writer
The man from Arlington, Texas, could barely contain his smirk as he looked into a computer video camera to pose a question of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. Paul's followers talk about such conspiracy theories as "merging the United States with Canada and Mexico . . .," the questioner said in a YouTube video shown during the Wednesday debate. "Do you really believe in all this?" Paul did not miss a beat.
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