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Friday, March 21, 2008

Clinton's First-Lady Papers Touch on NAFTA

From The Wall Street Journal:

Hillary Clinton's daily schedules as first lady . . . show . . . that Mrs. Clinton had some involvement in an issue that she now says she opposed: the North American Free Trade Agreement. As first lady, Mrs. Clinton presided over meetings where Nafta was discussed, the schedules show. Her husband signed the accord.

"The information on the schedule doesn't indicate a position on the issue," campaign spokesman Doug Hattaway said yesterday.

The schedules show that on Oct. 5, 1993, she led a "Nafta Health Care Meeting" of top administration officials, including then-White House Chief of Staff Mack McLarty, who played a key role in persuading Congress to ratify the trade agreement. On Nov. 10, 1993, Mrs. Clinton spoke for 15 minutes to an unidentified group in the White House about the trade agreement.

What Mrs. Clinton said then isn't clear from the schedules. Here's what she says now: "You know, I have been a critic of Nafta from the very beginning. I didn't have a public position on it, because I was part of the administration," she said in a Feb. 26 debate in Ohio. [Sure Hillary . . . .]

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