Obama on NAFTA, "never mind?"

Greg Mankiw continues to follow Obama’s astonishing attacks on NAFTA [see this post for earlier commentary]

It is almost surreal that what should be hailed as an example of bipartisan success in trade policy has instead become a significant campaign issue. Here are two new stories.

First, news from team Obama:

Obama campaign mum on NAFTA contact with Canada

Despite repeated requests, Barack Obama’s campaign is still neither verifying nor denying a CTV report that a senior member of the team made contact with the Canadian government — via the Chicago consulate general — regarding comments Obama made about NAFTA….

On Wednesday, CTV reported that a senior member of Obama’s campaign called the Canadian government within the last month — saying that when Senator Obama talks about opting out of the free trade deal, the Canadian government shouldn’t worry. The operative said it was just campaign rhetoric not to be taken seriously.

So if Obama’s anti-trade positions are just rhetoric, what is his “real” position?

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