The ink spilled on the NAFTA issue in the Ohio primary is reaching tidal wave proportions. The latest episode has been a Canadian TV report alleging that an Obama aide let Canada know he was just kidding when criticizing NAFTA, followed by the reports refuting it.
Now come to find, it may not matter. Buried in a Washington Wire post about bipartisan cooperation in Congress is this bit:
- “I’m not a fan of renegotiating trade agreements,” said Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama, and Reps. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, Steve Israel of New York, and Rob Andrews of New Jersey agreed, suggesting that re-opening Nafta would like be a nonstarter in Congress if Democrats maintain control of the chamber this fall. “We’re not running for president,” explained Emanuel, a former Clinton administration aide, on the difference of opinion.