February 28, 2008

REBUILDING AMERICA’S IMAGE IN THE WORLD (CONT’D): “Mexico and Canada yesterday voiced concerns about calls by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, as the Democratic presidential hopefuls compete to adopt the most sceptical stance towards free trade before next week’s Ohio primary.”

Related item from Cafe Hayek: “Also distressing is the fact that Austan Goolsbee, the fine economist who is a close adviser to Obama, apparently is ignored by the would-be President of the USA on this front. Of course, I have no knowledge of what Goolsbee says and doesn’t say to Obama, but I presume that Goolsbee isn’t in the anti-trade camp.”

UPDATE: More here. “Team Obama and the Canadian Embassy are denying the report that Obama had privately assured Canada’s ambassador that his comments on NAFTA were not to be taken seriously.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: More here.