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Hillary Defends Her NAFTA Record?!?

This is just getting weird:

Accusing the Obama campaign of using tactics "that are right out of Karl Rove’s playbook," Senator Hillary Clinton angrily denounced Senator Barack Obama on Saturday for sending flyers to Ohio voters that she called misleading and false.

"Shame on you, Barack Obama," Mrs. Clinton said at a news conference after a morning rally, holding the flyers and shaking them in the air as she spoke. "It is time you ran a campaign consistent with your messages in public. That’s what I expect from you. Meet me in Ohio. Let’s have a debate about your tactics and your behavior in this campaign."

The flyers were handed to Mrs. Clinton by a woman who attended the rally and then approached her on the rope line after Mrs. Clinton’s speech.

It was not the first time the Clinton campaign has seen the flyer, which cites an article from Newsday that says Mrs. Clinton believed Nafta was a "boon" to the economy. Mrs. Clinton said the newspaper has since corrected the article.


Bill Burton, a spokesman for Mr. Obama, said in an e-mail message, "Everything in those mailers is completely accurate."

He added: "We look forward to having a debate this Tuesday on the facts, and the facts are that Senator Clinton was a supporter of NAFTA and the China permanent trade treaties until this campaign began."


At the end of this week, her campaign unveiled four new television ads that are running in Ohio and Texas. In the ads, Mrs. Clinton promises to deliver universal health care and better schools, while changing "trade deals like Nafta."

She’s not running against Obama anymore — she’s essentially running against Bill. I mean, I really don’t know how you utter the "It took a Clinton to clean up after a Bush" line in one breath, and then in the next admit that he fucked up the job.

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