Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A Question for Thursday Night's Debate: Clinton vs. Obama on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement

As far as I can tell, no one has asked Obama and Clinton about their stances on the Colombia free trade agreement, since Clinton announced her opposition last November.

Question: Sen. Clinton opposes pending free trade accords with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia. President Uribe of Colombia has said that her opposition to the Colombia free trade accord with his country reflects "an unforgivable lack of understanding" of Colombia. Is he right? (And for Obama: what is your position on the Colombia agreement?)

Suggested answer for Obama: See this briefing. In short, before I can support the agreement, the Colombian government should lay out exactly what it has done and what it will do to address violence against union members.

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