As President Obama heads to Canada tomorrow for his first international trip as president, we wanted to take you
back to last year’s Democratic presidential primary. You may remember, that at about
this time last year, then-candidate Obama campaigned strongly on a pledge to
renegotiate NAFTA. On the campaign trail, Obama got it. From Oregon
to South Carolina, Ohio
Obama saw the devastating impact NAFTA is having on communities across the
country, and promised to renegotiate the agreement.
With little prodding, Obama made very specific commitments on NAFTA renegotiation:
"While NAFTA gave broad rights to investors, it paid only lip service to the rights of labor and the importance of environmental protection... We should amend NAFTA to make clear that fair laws and regulations written to protect citizens in any of the three countries cannot be overridden simply at the request of foreign investors."
As he heads north, let's hope Obama remembers who won the "anti-NAFTA off" that we all enjoyed last winter.