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Campaign to Canada: Obama is Going to Lie About NAFTA

March 1, 2008

obama.jpg Politicians lie.

I know that is no great revelation, but it is very rare if ever that a politician admits he (or she) lied. It is probably even more rare that a politician will warn people he is going to lie before he does. And it is probably even more rare still that a politician will have a member of his staff phone a foreign country to warn an ambassador that he is going to lie before he does. Yet, the latter is exactly what Barack Obama’s campaign did before last week’s debate.

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.

 This story was also reported on Canadian television.

 In other words, Obama’s campaign told Canada not to worry about what he was about to say about NAFTA. He didn’t really mean it, he is just saying it to get elected. “Only campaign rhetoric” is the part that really gets me, along with the fact that he admits it shouldn’t be taken at face value. As I already wrote, politicians lie, but this shows an incredible amount of arrogance to actually come out and tell a country you are going to lie before you do it. Or maybe it is a total disregard for the voters you will be speaking to. Either way, I am not sure which is worse.

 Voters are now being asked to vote for someone who supposedly called a foreign country to tell that country the truth, while he was about to lie to the people he wants to vote for him. Obama has now shown us that he will promise anything to anybody to get elected. How can this man be trusted? Even if he was telling voters the truth and lying to a foreign country that is no better. That would be a wonderful way for a president to start off on foreign relations. After all, America has lost it’s standing in the world according to Barack Obama, would lying to a foreign country before he is even elected be the proper way for America to regain her standing? I didn’t think so.

 Read more here.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Bison permalink
    March 1, 2008 7:29 am

    This is the worst kind of trash journalism, no sources just anonymous whispers and rumor.
    This was put out by the Clinton campaign to smear her opponent.

    Clinton will never figure out that this kind of garbage is the reason she is loosing the race.


  2. March 1, 2008 7:43 am

    The source is linked at the bottom of my post.


  3. Sundra permalink
    March 1, 2008 8:33 am

    I’m not surprised at all. It’s all “just words” to him. What else is he lying about just to win? His religion? His feelings about Jewish people? His promises to Americans? He’ll say anything to win. And if he does win and starts to show his true self, everyone who jumped on the Obama bandwagon will feel so foolish for having been bamboozled.


  4. Deb permalink
    March 1, 2008 8:46 am

    I don’t know why Hillary would do that when it can be proven (as I previously stated) that she lied about the same thing. Is he kidding me? “don’t tell Junior, but the c-a-t got run over by a c-a-r” Does he think his base of voters are 5 year olds? I thought they were 25. I am most definately not in that group, and even I am insulted.


  5. March 1, 2008 10:15 am

    Get the facts straight.

    From the Canadian Embassy, “The Canadian Embassy confirms that at no time has any member of a presidential campaign called the Canadian Ambassador or any official at the Embassy to discuss NAFTA. Last night, the Canadian television network CTV falsely reported that such calls had been made. That story is untrue. Neither before nor since the Ohio debate has any presidential campaign called Ambassador Wilson or the embassy to raise NAFTA.”

    Barack Obama has been very clear on NAFTA. According to his spokesman Bill Burton, “”When Senator Obama says that he will forcefully act to make NAFTA a better deal for American workers, he means it. Both Canada and Mexico should know that, as president, Barack Obama will do what it takes to create and protect American jobs and strengthen the American economy — that includes amending NAFTA to include labor and environmental standards.”


  6. March 1, 2008 10:28 am

    CTV is standing by their story, until they issue a retraction I will stand by it.


  7. proud liberal permalink
    March 2, 2008 12:05 am

    Here is what was left out of the report on this site:

    The CTV exclusive also reported that sources said the Clinton campaign has made indirect contact with the Canadian government, trying to reassure Ottawa of their support despite Clinton’s words. The Clinton camp denied the claim. The story caught the attention of Republican front-runner John McCain on Thursday.

    “I don’t think it’s appropriate to go to Ohio and tell people one thing while your aide is calling the Canadian ambassador and telling him something else,” McCain said, referring to Obama. “I certainly don’t think that’s straight talk.”


  8. proud liberal permalink
    March 2, 2008 12:07 am

    Also this,

    On Thursday, the Canadian embassy in Washington issued a complete denial.

    “At no time has any member of a presidential campaign called the Canadian ambassador or any official at the embassy to discuss NAFTA,” it said in a statement.

    But on Wednesday, one of the primary


  9. March 2, 2008 4:25 pm

    I heard this story and was suspicious of it for this reason: why would Sen. Obama (or Clinton for that matter) call Canadian officials and tell them not to worry about his rhetoric on NAFTA? Why would his campaign care what Canada thinks? Americans certainly don’t care (and I’m an American who lives in Montreal). Canadians aren’t voting for our prez! This makes no sense! It would actually have made more sense if you’d substituted Mexico for Canada.

    Also, the media does lie to us all the time. I’d hardly give them the complete benefit of the doubt for anything.


  10. March 2, 2008 7:18 pm

    I think it was done because Obama knew this would rankle the Canadian government so he wanted to let them know he didn’t really mean it. He didn’t want to strain relations even before he was elected.


  11. Kary permalink
    March 3, 2008 10:32 am

    Wow, the righties are really scared of Obama, huh? If you guys win, it will be through appeals to racism and lies about a candidates record. That’s the Republican way!


  12. Dan permalink
    March 3, 2008 6:19 pm

    Why even argue about this. It’s just one of many Swiftboat tactics that will be employed. We knew this was coming. We just didn’t know that the Clinton campaign would be the one to start it. Until we start taking the CTV’s of the world to task for publishing without regard to facts, we’ll get this every election.

    Same reason we still hear he’s a Muslim when he’s not.


  13. James. permalink
    March 3, 2008 9:05 pm

    The clintons had to use Canadian Media for there Propaganda, they think American media is not being fair to them. I hate to say it but, the presidency is going back to the GOP.


  14. March 3, 2008 9:12 pm

    I would normally be glad that the presidency was going back to the GOP, but with McCain as the Republican it makes no difference.


  15. March 3, 2008 9:19 pm

    Kary, so far millions of people have voted against Barack Obama. All of these people are Democrats. Are all of these Democrats racist?


  16. James. permalink
    March 3, 2008 9:31 pm

    I would not vote for HRC, I hate Dynasty in leadership. Princess Chelsea is waiting to go back to the palace


  17. March 4, 2008 1:20 am

    no mrpinkeyes, millions did not vote “against” Barack Obama they voted “for” their candidates. The politics of voting against something is the predicate on which politics of fear is based.

    In 2008 and with the glaring mess that is, I believe America is not going to vote out of fear against something, but for something that may make their lives better.


  18. March 4, 2008 5:38 am

    That is my point, thank you. It aggrivates me when people like Kary above claim that if Republicans win it will be do to them playing the race card. If a Republican wins it will be because of the issues, not race. It will not be because they would have appealled to racist America as Kary said. I asked the question to see if he/she held Democrats to the same standard seeing how they have been the only party to have voted for someone other than Obama.
    In the general election issues will decide the next president.


  19. geo fulmer permalink
    March 6, 2008 11:19 pm

    This is a classic Clinton attack – who continually make lying a high art.

    Today it has been revealed directly by the prime minister’s office that it was Clinton NOT Obama who gave the wink and the nod. Additionally, the Canadian government released a written statement that substantiated that Obama’s campaign did not make the alleged assurance.

    Today from msnbc:

    Today from Reuters:


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