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Obama Announces Opposition to Colombia Free Trade Deal

Barack Obama voiced his solidarity with union members and opposition to the Colombia Free Trade Agreement with bold, courageous words in defense of the dozens of union members killed every year in Colombia.

Oh, sorry, That was in 2008.

Sen. Barack Obama promised to stand firm in his opposition to the Colombia Free Trade Agreement on Wednesday–days after President Bush asked Congress to quickly pass the trade deal–in a speech to rally the union vote at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO’s annual convention.

The Illinois senator said he would oppose the Colombia Free Trade Agreement “because the violence against unions in Colombia would make a mockery of the very labor protections that we have insisted be included in these kinds of agreements.”

Yeah, my mistake. This was the actual news from yesterday:

President Obama apparently plans to submit long-stalled free trade deals with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia to Congress “as soon as possible,” according to a speech he made today.

Isn’t it amazing the difference two years can make? Thanks much to danielmizner in the comments of my original post on this.

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My name is Michael Whitney. I'm a progressive online organizer working with FDL Action. Rush Limbaugh called me "clueless" once. He went into rehab two days later.