Monday, March 03, 2008

The Goolsbee Goof up...

The real story is one of honesty...While many are focusing on the issue of the difference of perception from the memo written by the Canadian Embassy versus what Goolsbee said he stated, ABC News points out:
While the embassy's statement helped shore up Obama's claim that he is sincere in his promise to renegotiate NAFTA, it indirectly called into question the Obama campaign's claim that Goolsbee was contacted in his capacity as a University of Chicago professor rather than in the context of his role as an Obama adviser.

"The Canadian Embassy and our Consulates General regularly contact those involved in all of the presidential campaigns," read the statement from the Canadian Embassy.

"This was not a formal meeting, this was an informal — it was actually a tour — and Austan was approached, not as a member of our campaign, but as a university professor and this was not a formal discussion about NAFTA," Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said. "The suggestion that somehow this was some kind of diplomatic discussion with the Canadian government is just absolutely false."

First, did Canada contact Hillary Clinton and John McCain? If so what happened, if not why not? Then, who's portraying this wrong? Either Canada is wrong in stating they reach out to candidates or the Obama campaign is...

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