MARION, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Barack Obama sharply criticized Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday for her past support of NAFTA, saying the former first lady had changed her mind about the trade agreement only since becoming a presidential candidate.Howie P.S.: Singer says the campaign replied "instantly with a clear denial." The denial was that they had anything on Obama to share, not that Novak's column was false, and it wasn't instant.
"I think it's important to note that Senator Clinton was a cheerleader for NAFTA for more than a decade," Obama said at a news conference with representatives of a regional United Auto Workers chapter, whose members voted last week to recommend an endorsement of the Illinois senator.
Singer also rejected Obama's criticism of Clinton's record on NAFTA.
"The fact is that Senator Clinton has been voicing serious concerns about trade agreements for years and as a senator from New York, she didn't just talk, she acted," Singer said. He noted that she had had voted against the Central American Free Trade Agreement and had criticized the Bush administration for failing to enforce trade agreements. Clinton also supports a pending free trade deal with Peru.