by John Aravosis (DC)
Gee, no one could have predicted that.
Here is what Hillary had to say this past Sunday during her love-fest with Stephanopoulos on ABC:
Now, you remember this, because George did work in that '92 campaign, and George and I actually were against NAFTA. I'm talking about him in his previous life, before he was an objective journalist and didn't have opinions about such matters.That's not what happened. Stephanopoulos talked about those meetings on his show two months ago. Here's what he had to say on March 23, 2008:
STEPHANOPOULOS: [inaudible] opinion.
CLINTON: Yes, but we were in meetings together where we said, look, we think there's going to be a lot of downsides, and we're not really thinking through that.
JAY CARNEY ("TIME"): I think there's a lot of creative and revisionist history happening on people's views of NAFTA. At the time NAFTA was a huge and important push that President Clinton made in his first term. The administration was behind it. There's no indication that the First Lady wasn't behind it. And when he secured it, it was considered a success, that had righted his presidency after a very difficult opening several months in its first year. So I think Senator Clinton has a real problem here arguing that she was against it.And here's the video of the same thing:
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS): It is true, though. I was in some of the meetings. It is true, that at the time, she was pushing health care. And she didn't appreciate the fact that NAFTA was getting a lot more time on the schedule.
So, Stephanopoulous says that Hillary expressed concern that all the attention to NAFTA was taking attention away from her health care proposal. She did not oppose NAFTA because she thought "there's going to be a lot of downsides, and we're not really thinking through that." She simply thought NAFTA was competing with her own legislative priorities. So, again, Hillary's memory of an event conflicts with what really happened.