Monday, February 25, 2008

The Many Deceptions Of Barack Obama

In Ohio the Barack Obama campaign have been sending out two flyers attacking Hillary Clinton. Now in one of those the Barack Obama campaign suggests Hillary Clinton was in favour of NAFTA, even presenting a supposed quote from her calling it "a boon" to the American economy. Now in Ohio, a state hurt tremendously by NAFTA, Obama sought to capitalize at Clinton's expense; but the problem is Hillary never said any such thing and Obama knows it.

Now besides the fact Hillary always opposed NAFTA, the Obama campaign attempted to contrue that she didn't, and that she was actually for it. The quote was taken from
New York Newsday:

"Back in Sept. 2006, an abbreviated chart printed on Newsday's Spin Cycle page compared Hillary with her Democratic US Senate primary challenger Jonathan Tasini on a variety of issues. The issues chart included this:

JONATHAN TASINI: Tasini favors scrapping the Bill Clinton-backed North American Free Trade Agreement, saying it drives down domestic wages.
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: Clinton thinks NAFTA has been a boon to the economy, but voted against the Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement, saying it would drive jobs offshore."
Now some may suggest that the Obama campaign quoted the newspaper correctly, and the newspaper was wrong, well besides the fact the newspaper never said she said it, the flyer does incorrectly quote the newspaper. The flyer (second image) says, "Clinton thinks NAFTA has been a boon to the economy." The thing is the Dailynews doesn't put a period there, it goes on to say, "but voted against the Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement, saying it would drive jobs offshore." So it's quite clear the Obama campaign was truly being deceitful.

The Dailynews goes on:
"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 first off, the Obama campaign didn't quote Hillary, they quoted a journalist's opinion and presented it in a misleading way; second they took it completely out of context, as seen above Hillary rejected another NAFTA-like agreement because of the loss of American jobs in the very same sentence.

Newsday, to it's credit, goes on to state that Barack Obama, in using that quote, and presenting it as Hillary Clinton's was deceitful:
Obama's use of the citation in this way does strike us as misleading. The quote marks make it look as if Hillary said "boon," not us. It's an example of the kind of slim reeds campaigns use to try to win an office.


Anonymous said...

Hillary supported NAFTA, end of story. As recent as 2004 she was singing its praises. Saying "boon" instead of "good" is a matter of semantics. The fact is Hillary doesn't care about average people. That's why she employs Mark Penn, who works for anti-labor clients at Burson Marsteller.

Anonymous said...

No she was never for NAFTA, provide one credible piece of evidence.