March 4th, 2008
06:49 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: Texas v. Ohio on NAFTA

Two Texans cast their ballots in Austin.

Two Texans cast their ballots in Austin.

(CNN) - You may have noticed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton talked a lot more about NAFTA in Ohio then they did in Texas. In TV spots, in mailers, and on the stump, both candidates criticized the trade agreement constantly in Ohio, but didn't mention it nearly to the same degree in Texas.

Why? Well, the trade agreement is undeniably unpopular in Ohio: according to the exit polls, 81 percent of Democratic primary voters there said the trade agreement was responsible for job loss in the state. Only 10 percent said it led to job creation.

But in Texas, voters don’t seem nearly as negative in their views of the trade agreement: 58 percent of today’s Texas Democratic primary voters think NAFTA has caused jobs to be lost, while 24 percent say it's created jobs - a more mixed opinion than in Ohio.

Most Texas Democrats may hold an unfavorable view of NAFTA, but nearly a quarter of them give it positive marks - which means it’s a lot safer to criticize the measure in Ohio than it is there.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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  1. Bored...

    Usually a 'ticker' suggests information that is timely and/or evolving quickly. Most of what's here has nothing to do with developments over the past 24 hours, but rather very superficial level analyses which we could read in greater detail weeks ago. This one by Bill Schneider is a perfect example - could have been written weeks ago.

    Let's see some *real* ticker material instead!

    March 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. John

    Obama has just won Vermont apparently. I don't think it has much delegate power though.

    March 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Wanda

    If you fall for Hillary"s crying. I feel for our country. I was once a Clinton supporter, butt I have switched to Obama. This election is too important to be just about Hillary and her entitlement to the nomination. It is about change, real change. Hillary can't conceive it , therefore she can't achieve it. Obama gets my vote and support.

    March 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. vl

    Hello, to all those who are stating the Clinton is spreading the rumor about the Canadian connection, you certainly haven't been watching the news much. Obama did (finally) admit there was a meeting, but he denied what was said. However, there were reports from Canada stating there WAS a memo to this effect.

    March 4, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. John

    Yah!! It is not over until it is over.Yoggi B. was and is still right.Tonight goes in the history,of Uturns for Hillary.Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hillary Go!! 08-2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Si se puede!

    March 4, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Mike McKibben, Fl

    Canada is the least of my concerns with NAFTA. For the most part, they follow the rules, and are what one would consider as fair trading partners. If Obama did say what he is claimed to say about Canada and NAFTA, so what. The real issue with NAFTA is with China and countries like Mexico.

    We, in America, live in family units as a rule. This costs more, but it has made this country strong, and what it is today..............or at least teetering on. American workers cannot compete with countries who's workers get paid in six months (or more) what we as Americans pay out for an electric bill each month. This is not an example of fair trade. If you don't have fair trade, then you can't have free trade. China is a prime example of what is wrong with NAFTA. NAFTA has placed this country economically on a very slippery slope................without a net!

    Lady Lake, fl

    March 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |

    CNN, I hope you will read this and publish this information, I am writing from Canada, our Prime Minister sent an apology to the Obama Camp regarding the false reports by Hillary Clinton made saying that Obama`s representative tell our Governement that thye did not mean what they say about changing Nafta, it was just a political tactic. Our Government said it is not true and he is sorry for the embarrasment to Obama`s camp. I hope you will get the facts and put it out asap. CNN you have being playing into Hillary`s hand and really go after Obama in a very unfair manner. Many people have a hard time trusting and accepting someone who does not look like them and making this man out to look like a liar and of no substance will definately work against him unfairly. People of American Obama is the real deal so please trust him and give him a chance.

    March 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    here you go

    NAFTA – bad for Ohio

    NAFTA – bad for Texas

    NAFTA – bad for the US of A

    March 4, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. FrankSmith

    Hillary's wins of the BIG states can be explained in simple terms:

    "Superstar, Name Recognition!"
    It is like the Superdelegates who made the commitment before the peoples' votes were in!!

    Hillary and her supporters do not have to worry, Obama will easily win these BIG states in the general election.

    As you can see, the Superdelegates, like the BIG states, will soon wake up!!

    March 4, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Sue

    March 4th, 2008 7:01 pm ET

    "It's "talked a lot more about NAFTA in Ohio THAN they did in Texas" not "then." And CNN is supposed to be quality journalism."

    It's a downhill battle now with CNN, spelling and grammar. Looks like they have outsourced their editing/proof-reading overseas as well. I've commented numerous to their support page about this, but alas they can hire seven more workers for each one hired in the USA. What good does that do if they cannot spell or use proper grammar? It just makes them look shoddy and unprofessional!

    Go Obama!

    March 4, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. LNAB

    I'm glad that Obama's bait and switch is being outted now before the Democrats end up with Obama as their candidate. The press has done a great job of protecting him and I for one hope that 3 days of the truth about Obama has stopped this free ride in time!

    Teflon Obama will be eaten alive in the general election.

    March 4, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. JR, Texas

    What did Obama do? Beg the Canadian government to retract the comments in RETURN FOR WHAT? Maybe keep NAFTA intact?
    What's done is done and Canadian officials nor Obama can't change that! Transparancy says Obama? Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Another
    typical politician caught in the act of engaging politics with foreign
    nationals! That's what it is!

    March 4, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. mike

    Shneider is almost as irritating as Clinton. Hopefully this will be his and her last campaign.

    March 4, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. Sandra

    Chris in Austin
    Actually it was first reported here in Canada...CTV..I think the Canadian Gov. released it which in my mind says that they set up Obama thinking he'll win. They are a bunch of necons who danced to Bush's drums and would like to see McCain win in Novemeber.

    March 4, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Peter

    Annamica wanted to know about hypocrisy:

    How many times did Hillary say that "NAFTA is good for the country" BEFORE she was a candidate for Prez???

    This is hypocrisy...

    Regarding the 3AM red phone TV ad from Hillary, here is a Bill Clinton quote from 2004:
    " if one candidate is playing to your fears and one to your hopes, you better vote for the candidate speaking to your hope!"

    More hypocrisy I'd say........

    Obama is for hope real change...not hypocritical rhetoric...

    Obama '08

    March 4, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. John

    Latest news: (From a Neutral)

    It looks like Clinton has done better in Texas than thought and not as good in Ohio. Inversely, Obama has done better in Ohio and worse in Texas.....It looks like nothing will be decided in the next several hours. But it is getting interesting!!!

    Source: BBC news.

    March 4, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. derry

    More shall be revealed with Barack. People pleaser. what in the world was he thinking discussing NAFTA with the Canadian govt behind our backs. He should just told us what he was thinking or doing. Instead, he tried to cover it up. I hope the word got out in OHIO. More shall be revealed…………
    he has been u/pressure for a few days and he showing it. Very defensive-blaming. Poor guy. No more free ride.
    Hillary Rodham Clinton for President.

    March 4, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. care

    I'm from Michigan and have seen the devastation that NAFTA has caused. I like what Obama says about renegotiating trade agreements. I know NAFTA isn't going away, but there's got to be a way to make it work for people here.

    March 4, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. Jackie

    The folks at CNN seem a bit math challenged, reporting that about 840,000 votes in Texas are fewer than 1% of the vote. That would mean that CNN is expecting 84 million people to vote. The entire population of Texas is only 23 million. The update is now about 1 million total votes and the text says that this is 2% of the vote, which also is impossible. Wolf Blitzer is saying these numbers out loud and it makes it seem that he is not listening to himself speak.

    March 4, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  20. Heni

    I wonder how many people commenting actually read the article before posting their opinions...

    March 4, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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