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Obama: Politics as usual (updated) or not
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, February 28, 2008

Or "don't take this seriously, it's something I have to say on the campaign trail to gather the votes I need for office". Yeah, that's new.
Barack Obama has ratcheted up his attacks on NAFTA, but a senior member of his campaign team told a Canadian official not to take his criticisms seriously, CTV News has learned.


Within the last month, a top staff member for Obama's campaign telephoned Michael Wilson, Canada's ambassador to the United States, and warned him that Obama would speak out against NAFTA, according to Canadian sources.

The staff member reassured Wilson that the criticisms would only be campaign rhetoric, and should not be taken at face value.
How's that for "change?"
Late Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Obama campaign said the staff member's warning to Wilson sounded implausible, but did not deny that contact had been made.

"Senator Obama does not make promises he doesn't intend to keep," the spokesperson said.
Uh, huh ... I'm sure Ambassador Wilson is just making this all up, isn't he?

Oh, and if you read the rest of the article you'll see that Canada is not at all pleased or impressed with the populist rhetoric being spouted by either Democratic candidate. As Dale notes, it's a wonderful way to begin improving our relationships with other nations, isn't it?

UPDATE: Per Time's "Swampland Blog", CTV got it all wrong:
Canadian TV (CTV) caused a kafuffle yesterday when they reported that a “senior member” of Obama’s campaign called the Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Wilson to warn him that the Illinois Senator would be taking some “heavy swings” at NAFTA but not to take such language too seriously as it’s all just “campaign rhetoric.”

The Canadian Foreign Ministry today flatly denied the story:

"I can categorically say that no one has contacted our embassy or our ambassador," said Canadian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andre Lemay. "None of our officials at the embassy discussed anything with the runners up in the presidential campaign. We realize that one of the Canadian networks mentioned yesterday that such a call had been made. The report is untrue."

When asked whether Ambassador Michael Wilson, the Canadian emissary to the U.S., had received a call from anyone in the Obama campaign, Lemay said he had not.

Wilson "was not contacted by anybody," said Lemay. "Nor was any official in our embassy."

"We are saying the story is untrue," Lemay reiterated.
Fairly definitive, wouldn't you say?

CTV says someone is lying, and they claim it isn't them:
"The facts of our story are accurate." - Greg McIsaac, Communications Manager, News Information and Current Affairs, CTV
Let's see - diplomat lying, hmmm. TV reporter lying, hmmm.

Boy this is tough, huh?
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So the Change(tm) in foreign policy that Obama speaks of consists of screwing our allies and reaching out to our enemies. Sounds like a winning formula to me.
Written By: the wolf
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So, with the Democratic party we have two nominees that will, 1) pi$$ in the face face of our allies and put NAFTA on "hold" for "review", making our word and contractual bonds worthless to the world, while 2) sitting down with our enemies and all about world thugs, without conditions, and treat them as equals, in the likes of Castro and Ahmadinejad.

If this isn’t enough to give any American of whatever political stripe fear and loathing in voting a Democratic ticket, then I don’t know what will.

I wish I had more choice than McCain in stopping these Democrats, but I’ll go to war with the weapons I have rather than wait for the one that I want...
Written By: Warrior Needs Food Badly
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You know, with our economy in such a bad way, with so many victims of cruel subprime peddlers out of a home, with all those jobs shipped would be a criminal waste of money to throw an inaguration party for any Dem that becomes Pres.

I think that if they win, a Pres. St. Obama or Hillary should quietly take the oath in private, and give all the money for their party to the poor, poor victims.

Written By: shark
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My Karnak-like prediction from a few threads down:
NAFTA also sticks out in people’s minds. So when they get elected and go to roll up their sleeves and find little to no issue there, they’ll say whoops looks like its stabilized.
The democrats are such frauds, Obama is one of the best of them.
Written By: jpm100
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I took a read through McCain’s platform, and I support a whole lot of what he’s about...I thought I’d be more at odds. Then you see Obama, and my checkbooks almost out...for McCain.
Written By: Harun
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Uh, huh ... I’m sure Ambassador Wilson is just making this all up, isn’t he?
Um I don’t know, is he?
"It didn’t happen," said Roy Norton, who heads up the congressional, public and intergovernmental affairs portfolio for the Canadian embassy.

Norton said none of the three campaigns for Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton, or Sen. John McCain have contacted the embassy.

"Neither before the Ohio debate nor since has any of the U.S. presidential campaigns called Ambassador Wilson or the Canadian embassy to raise NAFTA," he said.
Written By: Retief
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Some of the things which come from his mouth are truly amazing and unbelievable.

What is to be expected from one who blatantly is impressed with his own audacity?

That he shows it daily is the scary part.
Written By: Pat
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